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Over the last two years, Cayuga Museum staff and volunteers completed a comprehensive inventory of the museum’s large clothing collection, which was the inspiration for the “Fabrication: Telling Stories through Clothing” exhibit. The collection contains everything from 18th century undergarments to 1950s wedding dresses.

Why do museums preserve clothing collections? Clothing is universal, serving as a functional tool and a method of artistic expression. Everyone can relate to it and it can be appreciated without a description, which makes clothing an ideal historical object, accessible to all. Common items in a museum clothing collection include celebratory pieces like formalwear, commemorative pieces like military uniforms, and items considered unusual today, like hoop skirts and bustles. Displaying clothing in a museum allows the viewer to look at how it’s made and appreciate the construction, but it is important to consider who is making the clothing, both historically and today.

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Many of the pieces in the museum’s collection have documentation about the owner, but not the maker. Before the rise of ready-to-wear, mass-produced clothing, clothing production was relegated to women, who would make their own clothes and those of their families. Considered part of the duties of the “women’s sphere,” the time spent sewing clothing or weaving the cloth was substantial. Women were expected to manage the private, domestic sphere of the home while men dominated the public sphere. In addition to producing clothing, women created other textiles for the home such as quilts and coverlets. Wealthier women were able to pay a tailor or domestic worker to fashion their clothing, freeing their time for entertaining and traveling. Shops sold fabric and trimmings, allowing women to design their own clothes and hats based on the popular fashions of the time.

Women in

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Stuart Davis (American, 1892–1964)

About this artwork

Stuart Davis was acquainted from an early age with John Sloan and Robert Henri, leaders of the so-called Ashcan School, a group of artists committed to depicting all aspects of modern urban life. Davis studied at Henri’s New York school, but he eventually came to disagree with his teacher’s belief in the preeminence of content over composition and form; instead, he created a style in which he generalized and abstracted his shapes and the spaces between them.

Nonetheless, Davis’s art is never totally abstract. Twentieth-century America is reflected in the shapes and colors he chose and in the sheer vitality of his compositions. His style—big, bright, bold, and clear—is completely appropriate to his subject matter. Forms have been reduced to large colored planes; words or numbers are simplified and offered as elements of design. In Ready-to-Wear, the bright, unmixed colors recall those of the French artist Fernand Léger. The way in which they intersect and interrupt one another, however, conveys a mood that is distinctly American: energetic, jazzy, mass produced—all qualities summed up in the title. The planes, reminiscent of overlapping pasted-down paper cutouts, even suggest the garment patterns from which ready-to-wear clothes are assembled.


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Arts of the Americas


Stuart Davis




United States (Artist’s nationality:)


Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.



Oil on canvas


Signed l. right: Stuart Davis


142.6 × 106.7 cm (56 1/8 × 42 in.)

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The modelling industry has gradually become one of the most rewarding fields that make people wealthy. These famous personalities earn substantial incomes through brand endorsements, runway shows, photoshoots, and other commercial partnerships. Get to know some of the highest-paid models in the fashion industry.

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Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne and Kaia Gerber are among the highest-paid models. Photo: MIGUEL MEDINA, Gareth Cattermole/BFC and Rosdiana Ciaravolo on Getty Images (modified by author)
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Can modelling make you a millionaire? You can achieve higher financial success by securing high-profile contracts with determination and hard work. From Kendall Jenner, Chrissy Teigen and Cara Delevingne, discover some of the highest-paid models in the world.

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Some of the highest-paid models got recognition by engaging in regional beauty pageants during their teenage years. Here are the top-paid models who have made great efforts to reach the top.

1. Kendall Jenner ($40 million)

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US model Kendall Jenner poses as she arrives on 12 May 2018 for the film “Girls of the Sun (Les Filles du Soleil)” screening in Cannes, southern France. Photo: Alberto PIZZOLI
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Who is the highest-paid model? Kendall Nicole Jenner is the highest-paid model in the world, with a net worth of $60 million. She was born on 3 November 1995 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is also a television personality and socialite.

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Beyonce’s Renaissance World Tour makes history after becoming highest-grossing tour in history

Between 2015 and 2016, the model earned $10 million and another $22 million between 2017 and 2018. The American model is best known for her role in the reality television show Keeping Up with the Kardashians alongside her family.

2. Gisele Bundchen ($40 million)

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Model Gisele Bundchen looks on prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final
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The New York City Council passed a series of bills Thursday amending administrative codes to tackle persistent lead paint problems apartment buildings.

The vote comes just a day after the Adams administration said it has settled thousands of violations with four landlords in an effort to rid apartments of lead exposure to young people.

The measures passed Thursday would create a process for landlords to correct lead-based paint violations; require lead-based paint abatement in all units where a child under the age of six resides by mid-2027; and require inspections for some buildings that may pose a risk of lead exposure to children.

The landlord group Community Housing Improvement Program said the legislation will primarily affect more than 10,000 rent-stabilized buildings constructed before 1960. It warned of unintended consequences.

“Removing lead-paint hazards from buildings is vitally important to the long-term sustainability of affordable housing in New York City,” said Jay Martin, executive director of CHIP. “How we go about accomplishing this goal matters. Increasing mandates and fines without fully considering the impact of these actions can cause more harm than good.”

The Rent Stabilization Association, which also represents rent-stabilized building owners, is especially concerned with Intro 6, which mandates abatements while tenants are still occupying a unit.

“It’s not really done anyplace because it actually can create more hazards than remedies,” the group’s Frank Ricci said. “There is a kind of opt-out: If a tenant refuses to leave the apartment, then the owner is off the hook.”

That bill and one other passed 35 to 7. The other three passed unanimously.

The bills also require property owners to produce records for the previous year, including X-ray fluorescence analysis after Aug. 1, 2025, whenever a violation for lead-based paint hazards is issued by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

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Growing up in the Midwest, Helen Jean knew of Geoffrey Beene as the name on the designer-licensed shirts and neckties her father purchased at the mall.

It was only after she began her education in fashion that she came to see and understand the creativity and artistry of the revered American designer.

In her role as the Jacquie Dorrance Curator for Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum, she is the public face of the institution’s current exhibition “MOVE: The Modern Cut of Geoffrey Beene,” which is on display through July 23.

The show can be seen in three rooms on the second floor of the museum. In the large Harnett Gallery, mannequins posed as ballerinas dance in breathtaking evening gowns, watched by dress forms bearing sporty jumpsuits, chic officewear, and a gaggle of cheerful, polka-dotted garments. In the next gallery, a collection of inventive evening gowns faces a rainbow of coats and bolero jackets. In the final room, objects on loan from the Geoffrey Beene archives share space with one very special dress, a sequin-and-ostrich-feather minidress from the 1960s that was one of the first pieces in Phoenix Art Museum’s fashion collection.

Most of the items in “MOVE” come from the wardrobe of New York City philanthropist and publisher Patsy Tarr, a longtime client of Beene’s before his death in 2004.

As Jean explains, Ellen Katz, a major donor and supporter of the museum, who hails from New York, convinced her friend Tarr to donate the bulk of her Beene garments to Phoenix Art Museum in 2019. (Tarr had already loaned the museum a number of items for a 2009 exhibition titled “Geoffrey Beene: Trapeze.”)

“We’re very, very fortunate that she chose our museum,” Jean says. “Of course, it was very intentional on her part, sharing this story and these

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Anna Wintour is a fashion icon and journalist who has chaired or co-chaired the Met Gala since 1995. Recently, there were rounds of rumors on the internet when Wintour and Bill Nighy walked the red carpet at the 2023 Met Gala together, triggering speculation of them of dating. However, a spokesperson  debunked the rumor, saying, “They are not in a relationship.”


Wintour is also credited with reviving Vogue and is well regarded as an important figure in the fashion world. But what is the net-worth of the  

73-year-old? Let’s have a closer look.


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2023 Net worth of Anna Wintour 

According to annawintour-net-worth/”Celebrity Net Worth, Anna Wintour’s net worth is estimated to be $50 million. All thanks to decades of helming Vogue and gatekeeping the fashion and publishing worlds, as well as their intersections. However, Wintour is a publishing nepo kid since she’s the daughter of The Evening Standard editor Charles Wintour and stepdaughter of Audrey Slaughter, a magazine editor who founded publications Petticoat, Honey and Over 21. So fortunately stepping to writing was not difficult for her.

Her First job 

When Wintour was 21 years old, Harper’s & Queen hired her as an editorial assistant for her first publishing position. Later, she moved to New York City with her then-boyfriend, journalist Jon Bradshaw, and was employed by Harper’s Bazaar as a junior fashion editor. She recalled that the reason she was fired nine months later was that she at the time lacked sufficient knowledge of American fashion.


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Anna Wintour and Bill Nighy attend The 2023 Met Gala Celebrating
Anna Wintour and Bill Nighy attend The
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Monday, May 8, 2023, The Fashion Group International (FGI) held its 27th Annual Rising Star Awards, which celebrated and honored this year’s finalists and emerging talent. On the heels of the Accessories Council Excellence Awards (ACE) black-tie gala on May 3, which took place at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, honoring Wolverine as the brand of the year, celebrating the 140th anniversary, the FGI award show also recognized new talent in fashion, beauty, and related industries.

The annual FGI Rising Star Awards luncheon has revamped its awards categories for the 2023 iteration. The new slate of awards offered gender-inclusive categories recognizing finalists in fashion, like accessories, fine jewelry, beauty, sustainability, retail, collaborations, and related entrepreneurial categories. The ticketed red-carpet luncheon took place in New York City at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, with views of Manhattan and the Hudson River to gleam on the finalists who yearned for this kind of recognition.

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