Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is an 84 year old Japanese Artist and Fashion Designer

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  • Kusama was born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan, where she was raised by a womanizing father and an oppressive mother who abused her youngest child physically and verbally.
  • Whenever her father went out to visit his mistresses, her mother ordered the little Yayoi to follow him and report his whereabouts; she would return home to be terrorized by the enraged woman.
  • Kusama speculates that the dysfunctional household may have nurtured her fearful fascination with sex and its representations.
  • Kusama began to experience regular visual and auditory hallucinations when she was about 12 years old.
  • She soon developed the compulsive habit—or, as she sees it, self-cure—of recording them in her sketchbook.
  • “The only way for me to elude these furtive apparitions,” she writes, “is to recreate them visually with paint, pen, or pencil in an attempt to decipher what they are; to gain control over them by remembering and drawing each one.”
  • all of her trademark motifs (dots, nets, flowers and pumpkins) come from those early hallucinations.
  • afraid and unable to discuss her problems with her parents, the adolescent Kusama developed additional mental and nervous ailments, including irregularities in her heart rate.
  • Reality was too agonizing to bear, but every time she thought of ending her life, “what saved me was making my way—blindly and gropingly at first—down the path to art.”

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(some of her art)

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Recently, the Whitney in NYC did a retrospective about her art and a huge instillation

 

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in 2011 Yayoi did work for Lancome and Louis Vuitton with Marc Jacobs. She has an exceptional personal style, and it reflects her art and exhibitions.

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Personal Fashion, distinctive in her brightly colored wigs and dresses covered in polka dots, Yayoi is a sight to be seen

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Donatella Versace

Born in May 1955, (58 years old) Donatella Versace has has kept the Versace name and empire at the fore-front of fashion since the untimely death of her brother Gianni in 1997, never failing to look anything other than immaculate along the way.

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  • Along with her three siblings, Donatella was brought up in Calabria, Italy, by their father and dressmaker mother.
  • In the mid-Seventies, Donatella became the “muse and critic” of her brother Gianni, who had established his eponymous Versace label. He later gave Donatella her own label – Versus.
  • In the Eighties she had two children – Allegra, born in 1986, and Daniel, born in 1989.
  • When her brother Gianni was murdered in July 1997, Donatella took the reins of the Versace empire, keeping it a major player in the fashion industry.
  • It was Donatella’s daughter Allegra – then aged 11 – who inherited the lion’s share of Gianni’s fortune – a 50 per cent stake in the Versace brand.
  • In February 2001, Donatella launched her own fragrance, Versace Woman.
  • Under her watch, Versace moved beyond clothing to include accessories, home furnishings, and hotels, morphing Versace into a complete lifestyle brand.
  • In 2008, she was made the honorary chairman for London’s Fashion Fringe, judging upcoming designer talent.
  • In 2009, Donatella asked Christopher Kane to revive Versus. The pair successfully revitalised the brand, making it a major player again on the Fashion Week schedule.
  • After Kane’s departure in November 2012, appointed up-and-coming Irish designer JW Anderson to create a capsule collection for the Versus label. “Jonathan is a perfect fit for this inaugural capsule collection,” Versace told us. “In addition to being a talented designer, he’s well versed with the new digital world and is, therefore, an ideal partner for our new direction.”

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Her fashion sense matches the class and lifestyle of the Versace brand. She has a very signature style and always looks great.

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“You can’t pretend that everybody likes Versace. It would be boring. It’s better to create a reaction than to create no reaction. That’s dangerous.”

Sophia Loren

 Sophia Loren is an Italian actress who worked mainly in the 50’s and 60’s who received much critical acclaim and awards, as well as being considered a great beauty. She is now 78 years old, and even recently in 2009 acted in the movie Nine. Even at her old age has a good sense of style.

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Young Sophia Loren

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Sophia Loren Now

She is still very glamourous, and dresses with an old hollywood look, with lots of jewelry and quite over the top. She is sort of a sex symbol and posed in lingerie at 72 for a calendar showing up all the younger models. (below). She doesn’t let her old age keep her from dressing well, and still exudes an amazing amount of confidence.

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"Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical."

Grace Coddington

Grace, now 71, started her career in fashion by being scouted as a model by Vogue magazine in her teens.

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After a car accident that left her face damaged and unable to continue modeling, she became a junior editor and photo editor at British Vogue for 19 years. In 1988, Ana Wintour,  American Vogue’s Editor in Chef contacted her, and brought her on as creative director where she continues to work.

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Grace is a huge part of Vogue. She has the last say in styling, and the overall look of editorials and fashion spreads. An inside look at her job can be seen in the 2009 documentary The September Issue, directed by R.J. Cutler which followed Grace and Ana Wintour as they produced the highly important September issue of Vogue in 2007, the issue of the year where all the fall-fashion is displayed, and considered the most important month of the year for fashion magazines.

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Grace has been outspoken about her irritation with the new ‘digital age’, and chooses not to use a computer.  [x] And that is fortunate for her, because according to the comments on this interview, people don’t understand or respect her even though she is nearly the driving force behind the modern aesthetic of Vogue.

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In this very interview, Grace expresses her perspective on bloggers who she feels spend too much time focusing on their own looks instead of paying attention to the fashion in front of them at shows.

“If Wintour is the Pope . . . , Coddington is Michelangelo, trying to paint a fresh version of the Sistine Chapel twelve times a year,” [x]

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lol @ people on the internet who think they “know fashion”

Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel is 91 years old, she studied at Art History at NYU and Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin. She is considered a fashion icon even at her old age. She started her career, inspired by interior design, by selling and weaving 17th,18th, and 19th c. fabric patterns with her husband and business partner. This job brought her all over Europe finding mills to produce their fabrics with, and they did a lot of work for the White House. She was drawn to the colors and styles of the Middle East and North Africa because they had a large “architectural influence” which she said relates to clothing as well. She believes that fashion is a form of personal expression and wouldn’t want to look like someone else. 

she has a really amazing apartment which can be viewed here

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you can watch a short documentary of her here