Asylum-Art :

A Huge Collection of Embroidered silk Spheres by 92-year-old grandmother in Japan.

THESE Intricate and Extraordinarily beautiful Embroidered Silk balls Are a form of Japanese Folk Art called Temari , Which Means “hand Ball” in Japanese. THESE Particular Temari Are even more Impressive BECAUSE They Were Handmade by a 92-year-old Grandmother in Japan. NanaAkua’s flickr




Pendragon Shoes

Established in 1987, Pendragon is the designer shoemaking duo Jackie Orme Ward and Adrian Lockwood. Their vision? To create something extraordinary and unique; a quest to bring to life shoes you’d dreamt you might one day find; shoes to desire and delight… shoes to treasure.

They accept commissions from around the world and create exclusive limited edition collections, costume shoes, one off exhibition art pieces – all designed and personally hand made. Rare buttons, antique buckles, vintage and hand tooled leathers combine to create the distinct Pendragon signature. You won’t find these shoes anywhere else!



 “Each dress she makes is a masterpiece.” -Christian Dior

Madame Grès was a legend of Paris fashion. Born in 1903, Germaine Emilie Krebs originally intended to become a sculptor. Her family was opposed to the idea, but her formal training as a sculptress proved to be a valuable asset. This artistic training would greatly influence her design aesthetic. Many of her designs resembled classic Greek and Roman sculptures. She was also the first to design dresses with cutouts.

Madame Grès opened her own fashion house in 1934 under the name Alix Barton Couture, which she later changed to Alex Grès Couture. In 1942, it would simply be called Grès. (The name Grès was a partial anagram of her husband’s first name and artist alias.)

She was an extremely private person that despised mass production, which is why she wasn’t as well known as her contemporaries, Chanel, Dior, Lanvin and Shiaprelli. Those that did know her work knew that it was of the finest quality with impeccable tailoring. She created her designs by draping and sewing instead of sketching. The pleating in the gowns were done by her own hand, using as few seams as possible, despite sometimes using 20 yards of fabric for a single gown. The same attention to detail and tailoring was apparent in Grès’ day wear collections. Her designs celebrated the female form with elegance and sophistication. 

Madame Grès sold her business in 1988 and died in obscurity in 1993.



Wedding Dress

Kathryn Kuhn 

Made for the nuptials of Miss Patricia Carin Hirschhorn and Mr. Charles Schine which took place in September 1960, this ensemble represents wedding attire on the grandest of scales. The ceremony took place in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The style, proportions and details of the gown, including the lengthy train and 19th century rosepoint lace, would have been appropriate to the grandeur of the occasion and the formality of the venue. The dress is similar in decoration and shape to that created by MGM designer Helen Rose for Grace Kelly when she married Prince Rainier on April 18, 1956, an event that made headlines around the world and influenced bridal fashions long after the royal wedding day.





To photograph is to appropriate the thing photographed. It means putting oneself into a certain relation to the world that feels like knowledge — and, therefore, like power. A now notorious first fall into alienation, habituating people to abstract the world into printed words, is supposed to have engendered that surplus of Faustian energy and psychic damage needed to build modern, inorganic societies. But print seems a less treacherous form of leaching out the world, of turning it into a mental object, than photographic images, which now provide most of the knowledge people have about the look of the past and the reach of the present. What is written about a person or an event is frankly an interpretation, as are handmade visual statements, like paintings and drawings. Photographed images do not seem to be statements about the world so much as pieces of it, miniatures of reality that anyone can make or acquire.

Susan Sontag On Photography.