Tuesday, December 30, 2014


adjective: pale; comparative adjective: paler; superlative adjective: palest
  1. 1.
    light in color or having little color.
    "choose pale floral patterns for walls"
    synonyms:light, light-colored, pastel, muted, subtle, soft; More
    faded, bleached, washed out
    "pale colors"
    • (of a person's face or complexion) having less color than usual, typically as a result of shock, fear, or ill health.
      "she looked pale and drawn"
      synonyms:white, pallid, pasty, wan, colorless, anemic, bloodless, washed out, peaked, ashen, gray, whitish, white-faced, whey-faced, drained, sickly, sallow, as white as a sheet, deathly pale; More
      milky, creamy, cream, ivory, milk-white, alabaster;
      informallike death warmed over
      "she looked pale and drawn"
      antonyms:rosy, flushed
  2. 2.
    feeble and unimpressive.
    "unconvincing rock that came across as a pale imitation of Bruce Springsteen"
    synonyms:feeble, weak, insipid, bland, poor, inadequate; More
    uninspired, unimaginative, lackluster, spiritless, lifeless;
    "a pale imitation"
verb: pale; 3rd person present: pales; past tense: paled; past participle: paled; gerund or present participle: paling
  1. 1.
    become pale in one's face from shock or fear.
    "I paled at the thought of what she might say"
    synonyms:go/turn white, grow/turn pale, blanch, lose color More
    "his face paled"
  2. 2.
    seem less impressive or important.
    "all else pales by comparison"
    synonyms:decrease in importance, lose significance, pale into insignificance, fade into the background

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Fashion Victims

Two skeletons dressed as lady and gentleman in “the Arsenic Waltz,” Etching (1862) (courtesy Wellcome Library, London)
Staying stylish in the Victorian period could be a dance of death. While industrialization and mass production made more beautiful fashions widely available, the green dresses were dyed with arsenic-based pigments, the mercury necessary to make shiny beaver top hats drove the hatters insane, and all that tulle and cinched corsets contorting women into airy nymphs would not infrequently cause them to tumble into gas lamps and go up in flames.
Opened this week at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century explores the dangers of style not just for the wearers, but for the people who made the clothing as well. The exhibition of over 90 artifacts was organized by Bata Shoe Museum Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack, and Alison Matthews David, an associate professor at the School of Fashion at Ryerson University who is publishing a book next year focusing on deadly fashion. Together the curators explored medical archives and collections in France and England, and delved into the museums’ extensive assortment of 19th century shoes and private collections searching for examples of the “poison garment,” hauling green shoes and shoeboxes to a physics lab to test for their lethal secrets. Full Hyperallergic article here.
Boudoir slippers with destabilizing heels, French (1880–1885) Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum (photo: Ron Wood, image © 2014 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada)

Fleeing To Dismal Swamp, Slaves And Outcasts Found Freedom

Great Dismal Swamp, in Virginia and North Carolina, was once thought to be haunted. For generations of escaped slaves, says archaeologist Dan Sayers, the swamp was a haven. 
Today, 112,000 acres of swamp remain, and archaeologist Daniel Sayers has explored many of them. He's found large islands where escaped slaves settled. "When you're walking through a thousand feet of the briars and the water, the mosquitoes are eating you alive, sweating bullets, and you're almost exhausted, and then suddenly your foot's no longer squishing in the peat but now it's walking on dry ground and crunchy leaves — it blows your mind," Sayers says. "You can't imagine people not living there." He's now written about life on these islands in a new book, A Desolate Place for a Defiant People. He believes 10 generations of escaped slaves lived here, along with Native Americans who'd been driven off their land and whites who were shunned by mainstream society. Full NPR story here.

Chanel Alive

Saturday, December 20, 2014

"The punishment for watching the Elephant Man

... is watching the Elephant Man." Fabulous and cute video on Sudden Owl.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Jenny Holzer. “Inflammatory Essays (Black Book Posters),” 1979-1982

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Female collaborators in Paris, rounded up and marked with swastikas.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

how much Merrick is “like me"

It is Mr. Pomerance’s firmly underlined point that, whether he is the object of ridicule among street mobs or of fawning praise among aristocrats, Merrick is always a mirror to a flawed and frightened society. Read more nytimes review of  Bradley Cooper in 'The Elephant Man' on Broadway".

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Coco Chanel spied for the Nazis, documentary says

A new French TV documentary claims to prove what has been rumored for decades: That French dress designer and fashion icon Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel spied for the Nazis during World War II.

Titled "The Shadow of a Doubt," the documentary was broadcast on France 3 TV channel this week. In it, historian Franck Ferrand maintained that documents locked away in France’s Ministry of Defense archives since the war proved that Chanel worked directly for German military intelligence. Full story here.

Friday, December 5, 2014

roxanne jackson

roxanne jackson

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit'

One of Billie Holiday's most iconic songs is "Strange Fruit," a haunting protest against the inhumanity of racism. Many people know that the man who wrote the song was inspired by a photograph of a lynching. But they might not realize that he's also tied to another watershed moment in America's history. Listen and read NPR story here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

bddw workshop