Blogger Grace Atwood Gives Us Her Accessories Low Down

Grace Atwood of The Stripe, based in Brooklyn New York, serves us style on her blog offering up wearable, fun, and slightly sweet, yet fashion forward options. As a rounded modern woman, she touches on beauty tips, books, and travel. So, how about her accessories taste? Well let’s just say that the gal likes a good bag.  She can often be spotted sporting a great Chanel piece or one of her latest handbag discoveries.

Is there a certain style of jewelry you find yourself gravitating towards?

Right now I’m all about a great statement earring or a bold cuff. When it’s really hot I have a hard time with necklaces, especially chokers. I love how they look but when it’s hot I just can’t do it. Right now I love a bold earring in a solid color (turquoise, cobalt blue, red) or solid gold/brass. It’s the perfect, easy way to add a bit of color to a little white dress. I also love just doing all gold. I have these gold oversized vintage Chanel drops that I bought last year and they’re one of my proudest purchases. Those + an armful of bangles = all you need to dress up any outfit.

Vintage jewelry seems to be a key component of your wardrobe, is that fair to say?
Also, what era or type of jewelry are you drawn to?

Absolutely. I am incredibly fortunate in that my grandmother the most amazing
collection of vintage jewelry. Pieces that she bought in the fifties and sixties but
also things that had been passed down to her from her mother and grandmother. Over the years my mom and aunts have given several pieces to me….

I have a few really special pieces of fine jewelry – an aquamarine bracelet from Tiffany’s that I wear on special occasions, a diamond ring and some really beautiful old Mexican silver pieces… but it’s actually the costume jewelry that I obsess over. I’m always
amazed by how fantastic the quality is. Costume jewelry just isn’t what it once was.
Back then, even a piece from Monet (which is still around and sold at Macy’s) would
last and last for years to come. Actually, my favorite necklace in the world is long
brass box chain necklace that was my grandmother’s. It’s vintage Monet!

In terms of an era, I’ve always loved the twenties (art deco is just the best for a
big night) but lately I have been obsessed with the fifties and early sixties. Old
Hollywood, the women Slim Aarons photographed… The Beverly Hills Hotel + Palm
Springs glamour… it’s everything!

What is one of your favorite pieces of personal jewelry, where is it from, and why
is it one of your favorites?

It’s so hard to pick a favorite but I would say it’s an art deco diamond ring from
the twenties. I bought it for myself (technically it was listed as an engagement
ring?) but I wear it almost all the time on my right hand. It’s one of my favorite
pieces not just because it’s so beautiful (like I said earlier, nothing compares to
the art deco pieces of the twenties) but also because I bought it for myself after a
good year… every time I look at it I feel like a bit of a boss for buying myself a
diamond ring.

Do you have a piece of jewelry that is sort of your go to?

A gold bangle from Julie Vos. It’s so simple but looks gorgeous with a tan and adds
a glamorous little touch to all my summer dresses. I have two of them – one with a
clear stone and another in pale blue. I am a freak about clutter but I always leave
one of them out so that I remember to wear it if I am running out the door and don’t
have on any jewelry.

Some of Grace’s Current Accessories Picks:

Big Earrings Are the Next Big Thing, as Seen in New York Fashion Week Street Style

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My big earrings walk into a room before I do. So I was happy to see “earringpalooza” during this New York Fashion Week SS18. In fact, they might have gotten even bigger than they were last season! Don’t put those shoulder dusters away just yet. We photographed some captivating examples and lust-worthy pieces outside the shows that prove a good pair of oversized earrings can go a long way.

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All images but the last 6 taken are by Hannan Saleh, the final photos are by Rachel Guillaume for Sarara Couture.

 

What’s the best of worst thing about wearing statement accessories like big earrings?

NY Fashion Week 2017: Bright Colors, Bold Boots & Big Hoops / Rachel

 

It’s all about personality for the attendees of the Spring/Summer 2018 shows and since these stars know what’s on the outside counts too, they brought us a feast of accessories! Thigh high boots, corset belts, big earrings, boxy carriers, red, red and more red lit up the lens as Rachel Guillaume hit the streets for New York Fashion Week 2017. Scroll down to see who she snapped wearing what!

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Caroline Vreeland and Bff proving thigh high boots are a thing…

 

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Dana Bondhardware Jewelry.

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Sita Abelian showing us big earrings and gold do match blue quite well.

Shaun in all blue.

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DeJLoaf in simple accessories, great combat green, and with her hair game on point.

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Karli Kloss with a pop of color via her deep red bag!

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@Dear.Ratner SS 18 street style.

@Inspadesblog working a femme fatale moment.

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@givenoflamingos in the cutest color palette.

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I’m pretty sure these are Lynn Ban’s wearing these boots, with Sita wearing the white ones.

Bing Wilton in her signature easy cross body fanny style bag!

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Eva Chen in citrus up to her sunnies.

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@Marinaingvarsson sporting major modern lines!

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@Lifeinbeverlyheels making me want more Gucci.

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Which Fashion Week 2017 street style accessory would you wear?

Rainbow Accessories Alert: This Trend Could Change Your Whole Look

What’s your favorite color? We hope it’s all of them because rainbow accessories have become the choice look for outfit extras. And we don’t mean a whimsical splash of three hues here and there. The designs are bright, bold and very purposeful—as in a crystalized multi-color swirl icing cupcake bag. If your closet is ready to taste the rainbow, here are some pieces to help you wear it too.

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A list of the most tantalizing rainbow accessories we could find. From Left to Right:

Which of these rainbow accessories would you want to rock the look?

NYFW Accessories Street Style SS 18 Edition / Hannan

 

 

Once again we are bringing you one of the most complete selections of fashion week jewelry and accessories images on the internet, scored for us by contributors Rachel and Hannan. Both are photographers in New York city with their own style and sense of what accessories are camera worthy.  This season we picked shot feathers, colors, denim, earrings got even bigger and statement accessories continue to be elements helping light up the city streets. This round I wanted to show more images, less discussing- so we’ve packed this post full of bags, shoes, earrings, necklaces, rings and more. Our contributors captured fashion influencers, editors, stylists, other photographers, and show goers. Street style is a great predictor of things to come, it can be shocking, beautiful, unique, and inspirational….but never boring!

Susie Bubble in rainbow technicolor:)

Snapped by Hannan she is wearing Chanel bracelet and Lynn Ban Rings.

Elizabeth Savetsky, of Excessories Expert, in white boots and chic long earrings, actually white boots were all over fashion week.

Vintage inspired Large Ark Bamboo Satchel and chic modern style rings.

The Eye Travels…Samantha Angelo in red.

Susie Bubble in pink!

Man Repeller’s Leandra in Customized Black Bulgari Serpenti Watch.

Caroline Vreeland.

 

Meet Gogo Ferguson: Rattlesnake Rings and Sun Bleached Bones

Painting of Gogo by West Fraser.

One cannot really speak of Gogo Ferguson and her work without discussing Cumberland’s history, natural beauty, and the cultural remains it holds. Cumberland is 40-square-miles which is not a bad size for paradise. For thousands of years this area and coastal Georgia was inhabited by indigenous people. It was first the Timucua Indians that lived on Cumberland, and they left their mark. There was a Spanish mission in the 1600s, Oglethorpe’s two forts erected in the 1730s, the Greene family, the Stafford plantation, descendants of freed slaves, and the Carnegies.  Now, a person could write a book on Cumberland, and in fact many people have done so.

Gogo’s grandmother painted by the artist, Ipsen, Boston.

Gogo is a direct descendant of Thomas Carnegie and granddaughter Lucy Ferguson, daughter of Margaret. Janet, aka Gogo, has quite a knack for finding fossils like shark teeth and eye-unearthing natural remains of all kind. Not to mention her interest in the Native American history of the island. She caught my attention as someone who understands and appreciates nature. Her interests align with my anthropology and archaeological experience, but I was also drawn to her because of my jewelry obsession. The pieces comes in different finishes or metals and the price points vary, allowing for one to buy multiples in silver or to focus on the 14k pieces—depending on your style. 


Her work is really an extension of earth and all of its treasures, what it leaves behind, what it can teach us, the beauty of life and death. Like glittering glamorous fossils, her jewelry catches the eye without trying to hard.  My favorite pieces include her cast metal boars tusk necklaces and the rattlesnake rings. Delicate, yet tough at the same time, though her work is not restricted to jewelry.  I’d love to have one of her seaweed sculptures hung on my wall. Yes, she dabbles in sculpture and décor.

Gogo’s New England Seaweed Sculpture. From Gogo Nature Transformed.

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I personally discovered the island when I was living in Atlanta about 10 years ago and have been going once a year since.  At heart, I am a country girl who enjoys wildlife, nature, and the peace the island gives me. I relate to what many of the people drawn to Cumberland see—pure nature and history coexisting. You either love it or it’s not your cup of tea.

There are two options in terms of staying on the island. Take the national park service ferry over and camp out or stay at the historic Greyfield Inn, still owned by the Carnegies. A few private land holds exist, but nothing public. What you find there are wild beach trails, clean sand, and so much space for just an “island”. I did not stay at the Inn (which Lucy opened officially in the 1960s) until last year on my birthday when I met the talented Gogo Ferguson.  

Her work is truly art, not just jewelry but an extension of her place in nature and Cumberland. Her line includes home goods, sculpture, and jewelry.  Mikhail Baryshnikov photographed on Cumberland’s beach by Annie Leibovitz in 1990 with Rob Besserer explains his first experience with the island and Gogo:

“Like many, my first experience of Cumberland Island was a field trip of sorts. I wanted to see the wild horses that famously roam its dunes-relics, like so many things on Cumberland of past attempts at domestication. What I didn’t expect was the mystery, the majesty, and the simple raw beauty of the place.

I don’t exactly remember when my encounters with Cumberland led to meeting Gogo, but at least thirty years ago, when she welcomed me into her modest house with a bright smile and the offer of an oyster roast, it was clear that she and Cumberland were two parts of an organic whole (Gogo Nature Transformed, Introduction 11).

The ruins of the Carnegie’s Dungeness. Another earlier home site also burned in this same location.

Gogo’s jewelry designs have garnered lots of press, celebrity wearers, magazine articles, and even her own exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. She grew up enjoying summers on the island and spending time with her ecologically minded grandmother Lucy, before finally returning to live there in the 1979 as a single mother.  Her work slowly evolved when she began making pieces for guests at the inn and looking back to her roots and the island. Her 1989 spread in People magazine helped propel her work forward. She designed the wedding rings for Carolyn Bessette and John in 1996. 

Interview:

What is your educational background and how do you use it in your life today?

I went to high school in Providence and art school in Massachusetts.

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Favorite piece you ever designed or made?

That’s hard to say…each new piece I design becomes my favorite but if I had to choose one for sentimental reasons it would be my logo which is made of rattlesnake rib bones and vertebrae. It was one of the first pieces I ever created and cast it into gold and silver. It symbolizes 30 years of blood, sweat and tears!

Gogo’s rattlesnake logo, from Gogo Nature Transformed.

 

Describe your process from start to finish.

My process is to be out in nature and walk the shore line after the tide comes in or after a storm and search for new inspiration. The design process is constantly running through my head. Every six hours, the tideline deposits new inspirations for me to discover. I’ll take it back to my studio and sometimes look at it for up to a year until I get a creative flash of what to do with it. The colors and patterns in nature are what are really mind boggling to me. They all have a purpose and I feel my place is to transform that into wearable art or something fabulous for the home.

What are your first memories of Cumberland?

Being a young child with my grandmother on the island – we constantly went clamming, horseback riding, and exploring the island. I learned from her about the land and how the magical process of nature worked on it.

Why do you think you feel so connected and inspired by it in terms of your work?

Seven generations of my family have lived on the island – it’s literally in my blood and I consider it the soul of my family. It is my sense of place on this earth and I feel very fortunate to call it home.

What other places have inspired your jewelry line?

Anywhere I travel. I was recently walking down the street in Martha’s Vineyard and saw a beautiful skeleton of a leaf on the ground and now I have it taped to my kitchen window where it will stay until I decide how I want to incorporate it into a design. I don’t have to be in an exotic location to be inspired as long as there is raw nature to see and study.

How would you describe Lucy’s role in your work or understanding of the island?

Lucy was an original naturalist. She taught me everything about the intricacies of the island and to respect it and always learn from it. She had a keen sense of her surroundings — she was deaf at an early age so her sense of nature was far more attuned than most peoples and she passed that wisdom down to us.

What piece do you wear from your jewelry line?

Everything! I am always wearing multiple pieces everywhere I go. I’m currently wearing a new arrowhead opera-length necklace, dolphin disc necklace, rattlesnake rib bone earrings, sea urchin ring, rattle snake multi rib cuff, and a spiny murex conch cuff. I think that’s the great thing about my line…they are all statement pieces, but they all complement each other very well.

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Do you feel your jewelry or home decor is art or sculpture?

Art — that is my goal — to design pieces that are wearable art or functional art for the home that then inspire the owner and those around them who see it.

Your work is now made in the artist community in San Miguel de Allende, please describe your relationship to them and Mexico city?

I started going to SMA in the late 60s through an artist program with the Rhode Island School of Design and fell in love with San Miguel, its architecture and the culture. I have been going back ever since, now own a home there and also work closely with a local artist named Julio Miguel who I take my inspirations to and work with on transforming them into designs. I’ve brought him to Cumberland so he could see the island firsthand and understand my source of inspiration. I have great respect for Julio and his creative talents.

 

Describe your work with Nicole Miller if possible?

Nicole is a dear old friend of mine who often hosts shows for me in NYC. She also designed a beautiful silk custom-made scarf with a map of Cumberland Island on it to commemorate my High Museum exhibit in Atlanta. We still have them in stock and they serve as a great souvenir of Cumberland.

Do horses at all inspire your work or design, experiencing them riding with Lucy and then as they are now on the island daily?

Yes, the horses have been on the island since the1500s. They’ve acclimated beautifully to the island and I love that we all live symbiotically.

What is your work day like? Do you typically “work” and “hunt” during the fall and winter or early spring?

I explore and hike year round, but when I’m on Cumberland I love to walk the tideline to see what has washed up, especially after a big storm comes. I find sharks teeth, shark vertebrae and other natural treasures.

Gogo’s collection of prehistoric shark teeth, most she found and some from her grandfather.

Speaking of home, I have seen inside of your house and the decor is pretty fabulous, as is the history of the home’s construction. Can you speak about it a bit and how you decorate?

Thank you. I always incorporate nature into my home. Deer antlers become towel racks, shark vertebrae become door pulls. Driftwood becomes center pieces for the table. My husband Dave and I designed the house and built most of out of reclaimed items from old carriage houses and barns on the island.

Is it fair to say you have a gift for finding artifacts and fossils as well as the bones you use in your work? Is this something that you have worked at?

I think I have a natural eye for seeing unusual things in nature and I have reinforced it over the years.

What is your most current line and is there a new piece or commission you are currently designing? 

I created a line of pearl designs to mark my 30th year in business this year that have been very popular. I also just finalized an arrowhead pendant that comes in gold-plated, rhodium, and brass. This one is great because both women and men can wear it.

Are you experimenting with any new materials or ventures?

The above-mentioned arrowheads are all made of new materials.

What piece of jewelry can you not live without?

Raccoon penis bones! I make earrings, bracelets and necklaces out them and they are the best conversation starter ever.

Raccoon Penis Bone Earrings. GogoJewelry.com image.

Do you have any books you would recommend for those discovering Cumberland for the first time?

There are great photography coffee table books by my cousin, Mary Bullard. I would love to do one of my own, to showcase the island through my eyes.

What is your trunk show agenda like, how can people interested in your work see it off of the island. I know you spend time in Martha’s Vineyard? 

We are on the road frequently for shows, and I love to do speaking engagements. I have my summer shop on Martha’s Vineyard in Vineyard Haven that is open through September. My shop on Cumberland is open year-round, and we have a permanent store on Saint Simons Island. We have wholesale accounts in Atlanta, Charleston, Fernandina Beach, and Memphis, and of course the website is always open for business!

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Describe how your jewelry has evolved from the very first pieces to now?

I never try to deviate from nature’s designs, however over the years I began combining precious stones to some of my beads.  Part of my evolution was growing my line into homewares, serving spoons of New England sea clams, cockle shells, oyster and mussel servers, candle holders of seed pods, sea urchins and votives of Maine sea kelp.  I’m always transforming in my mind the treasures I found on the tideline or in the forests to some wearable of functional piece. It is how I look at my surroundings. 

Your daughter was involved in your business, has that continued?

My daughter Hannah remains as creative as ever and even though her priority immediately is raising her precious son Ronan Zephyr Carnegie Thomas, she has started her own line in England where she now lives.  One of her designs was auctioned at the Princess Trust for the largest amount in the auction.  I am so proud of her and know that she will soar, she is so very creative.

What do you hope your legacy will be and the future of your brand?

My desire is for my designs to be considered art, that my clients become collectors and understand and appreciate the beauty and perfection of natures designs.  

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High Museum Feature

Book List:

 

Shop my personal picks from Gogo Ferguson:

Gogo 14k Armadillo Shell Cuff. GogoJewelry.com image.

Spiny Murex Conch Cuff. GogoJewelry.com $295.

Boars Tusk Cuff. GogoJewelry.com $50.00

Boars Tusk Pendant. $200. GogoJewelry.com

Seaweed Necklace. $450. GogoJewelry.com

Rattlesnake Double Rib Ring. Gold/Silver. $425. GogoJewelry.com

Alligator Scute Earrings. $150. GogoJewelry.com

  • All photography unless otherwise stated, taken by Sara Brandon the author, rights reserved Sarara Couture. Images of jewelry displayed reflect her original and personal shop/home experience on Cumberland.

Nashville: Secret Designer Shopping Spot

If you have been following me on instagram this month, you know that I’m back in the my old southern stomping grounds. From Nashville to Atlanta and St. Simons. My stop back in Nashville to see dear old friends has me wishing I was headed back… I have been hearing for a couple of years about how the city is undergoing a renaissance, but little did I know to what extent.  There’s a whole new hipster crowd, some imported from Brooklyn, of course. This seems to be concentrated in the Belmont- Vanderbilt area….East Nashville.  There is a decidedly country spin on organic healthy living coupled with the way Nashville does the arts and music that I find comforting.  The historic homes all over the city are being renovated or sadly in some cases torn down. The new construction is everywhere from communities to detached modern style homes.  I will say I did not see any extremely tall buildings while there this round, also a comfort.

Some of My Favorite Neighborhood and Their Vibes:

Belle Meade:

Belle Meade is still well established homes in an appointed sprawling area welcoming us with a horse and ample roads, quietly meandering to homes with large yards. The area is a mix of mansions and older mid century as well as ranch homes.

Richland-West end:

Has an old luxurious history vibe of well established money and has attracted a mix of successful creative types.

Belmont / 12th:

This is the area I stayed in this trip. My friend’s homes are amazing, but with beagle in tow I decided to give them some personal space. My arbnb was right in the heart of the historic bungalows, with walkability to 12th Avenue south and Hillsboro village shopping.  It is a fun area with a young style and it seems to be also currently under construction, with newer homes and mostly historic renovations happening. Belmont was once the home of America’s riches woman, Adelicia. The area derives the name from that historic site.

Green Hill- Hillsboro area:

This is the sort of higher end shopping destination. Green Hills is near Belle Meade with homes starting a bit more accessibly and in the style of Bungalows and Cape Cods.

UAL (United Apparel Liquidators est. 1980)

While there are lots more area neighborhoods to explore, the point of my post today is to introduce you to one of my secret favorite spots to hunt couture and designer pieces at a mere fraction of the cost. No this is not the American Picker’s shop, but don’t forget to stop in there if you are a fan. While talking to the owner and taking pictures, one of the customers said “How fun, but don’t go letting too many people know”.  This is the general consensus about UAL. This brand is a southern staple with locations in Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Mississippi… And why is that you may ask? The deep discounts on Marni, Escada, Prada, Givenchy, Zac Posen,Rag and Bone, Lanvin and frankly whatever new designer piece that comes in- which for some reason did not sell. Thus the over flow was sent to them.  Their shoe section, bags, and especially jewelry is well stocked.

You can find the Chanel bags and rarer things in the cases. New and older established high end jewelry around the counter. While there is a dig style feel to the shop in some ways, once you scratch the surface you realize what is there! The inventory and brands carried change frequently and you never know what you might find. After a close friend and Nashvillite showed me this store years ago it has been on my must stop in list every year.  What is nice is the really young new vibe to the store’s selection. These pieces somehow are not the total cast offs and bad designs. They are hip!

My online picks. Jewelry selection here is also not too shabby. I have a mind to buy those Rosie earrings right now!

How deep are the discounts: Well something that retails for 1000 maybe 200 or something that is 300 may go to 60.  Not to mention if you catch their sales on top of those prices.  They have 2 Nashville locations one in the West End and another in Hillsboro Village as well as an online site. Nothing compares to being there in person to score the deals!

So here are some images of my shopping trip to the West End location in the hopes I’ve added a secret Nashville source to your list:

 

Facades: Bill Cunningham- A Book Review

For anyone who has a fascination or admiration for one Mr. Bill Cunningham, then I have a book review for consideration. I decided to revisit a vintage book by the name of Facades done in 1978 by Bill Cunningham, introduced by Marty Bronson with model Editta Sherman. This whimsical book, organized by the enduring and iconic late Bill Cunningham, is a feast for the eyes. Fashion, vintage lovers, and red blooded New Yorkers alike should know what this classic is all about.  In 1948, Bill came to NYC to pursue a career in fashion. Before he dawned his bicycle to capture fashion on the streets of this fair city, he opened shop as a Millinery label William J.  After writing for WWD, he fell into his love of photography as a fashion journalist/ writer at the Chicago Tribune and the rest is history.

1900-1903 Flatiron Building. 5th Ave and 23rd. Designed by Daniel Burnham. Editta Sherman in era undergarments.

Facades, came about, as the book itself references; after 8 years of playing around with this labor of love. In the late 60s, he combined his love of cityscapes and began collecting antique and vintage clothing to photograph in front of architecture throughout the city. But what about a muse? We’ll get back to that key element…. Each era outfit was juxtaposed against the architecture and a chosen setting in the city. Both the clothing and building era correct. I find it intriguing that he thought of such a thing, why clothing? Well, I suppose this was the beginning of him sort of creating street style in the wake of the Seeberger Brothers.

As for muses, it was one alluring Editta Sherman who filled those shoes, lover of period clothing, photographer, mother, and artist. The “Duchess of Carnegie Hall”, referencing her home above Carnegie Hall for decades, cuts a great figure for each image which captures clothing from the 1700s-1960s.

“Bill carefully accessorized all the costumes with the proper shoes, parasols, wire bustles, gloves, and jewelry, sometimes even the underwear. When an authentic period hat was missing, out came his collection of felt, flowers, and ribbon, and he completed the picture with a reproduction based on careful research. The richness of Manhattan’s architectural settings was found beyond his greatest expectations. From Egyptian temples to Russian cathedrals, the locations were scouted by bicycle, Bill’s major means of transportation to this day. Success at matching the appropriate costume with the right location came as much from study as from intuition. Each location was carefully documented and dated through the many books available on the subject and through the files of the city’s architectural records”(Marty Bronson, introduction).

This work represents years of fashion and is in retrospect indicative of Bill’s life, talent, and relationship with the city. There is just so much in this book to look through and read, it is best enjoyed from cover to cover. Each image has a detailed description of the location’s history and era Here is a just a little taste…..