My friend Jennifer Park and I re-united this past year at the Met where we both work at the Costume Institute. We first met when I was an intern at the Museum at FIT during my undergrad studies. Besides being one of my favorite baking buddies (I showed her in the art of cake balling), we will be working on some fun projects this year, so this won't be the last time you read about Ms. Park!
Jen co-wrote the book Gothic: Dark Glamor that was released this fall by Yale University Press.
From its origins in the eighteenth-century literature of terror to its contemporary manifestations in vampire fiction, cinema, and art, the gothic has embraced the powers of horror and the erotic macabre. “Gothic” is an epithet with a strange history – evoking images of death, destruction, and decay. Ironically, its negative connotations have made the gothic an ideal symbol of rebellion for a wide range of cultural outsiders.
Popularly associated with black-clad teenagers and rock musicians, gothic fashion encompasses not only subcultural styles (from old-school goth to cyber-goth and beyond) but also high fashion by such designers as Alexander McQueen, John Galliano of Christian Dior, Rick Owens, Olivier Theyskens, and Yohji Yamamoto. Fashion photographers, such as Sean Ellis and Eugenio Recuenco, have also drawn on the visual vocabulary of the gothic to convey narratives of dark glamour. As the text and lavish illustrations in this book suggest, gothic fashion has deep cultural roots that give it an enduring potency.
Buy the book and check out her mention in the NY TIMES.
(Jen, I am so proud of you!)
My friend Caycee Black was a regular at the Costume Institute library when she was working for Tibi and Club Monaco and has come out with her own collection of women's wear for Fall 2009. Our friend Dustin McSwane styled her look book.