Tuesday, December 20, 2011

World's largest fashion magazine, ELLE in United Kingdom, mentions Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History regarding style icon Iris Apfel

The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History (MLFH) has reached the Continent of Europe with a mention in an editorial in ELLE Magazine, the United Kingdom edition.  ELLE, a French publication established in year 1945, is the world's largest fashion magazine with over 40 editions printed in 60 countries.

The December 20, 2011 on-line edition of ELLE profiles famed interior designer and style icon Iris Apfel and her new M.A.C products.  M.A.C, a cosmetics line, has coupled its brand with a limited-edition Iris Apfel 20-piece collection available on-line.

The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History comes into the picture with the news story because back in year 2008, we launched a capital campaign and announced plans for a permanent building with a gallery dedicated to Iris Apfel and all her stylish possessions. Monetary donations can still be made to MLFH for the gallery plans.

Written by Amy Lawrenson, Here is the ELLE news story.

What's more is that Cindy Adams of the Examiner.com has penned about the Iris Apfel M.A.C Collection.  Read it here.

MLFH Executive Director/Chief Curator Lori J. Durante with Iris & Carl Apfel.
 The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History is also presently conducting a $12 campaign.

During this season of giving please consider a donation to MLFH among the gifts that you will give for the holidays. This year has been the 12th anniversary for the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History. 

But, like so many other organizations, MLFH is facing tough economic times and is in great need of your support.  Therefore, MLFH is conducting for the month of December a $12 campaign to raise $5,000 by December 31, 2011Donations can be made in any amount on-line.  Your support is extremely important.  $12 from you can make an important difference.  You can make your donation here in any amount.  Check donations can be mailed to MLFH at  P.O. Box 6127 , Delray Beach, Florida   33482.   Donations are tax-deductible.

Can you spare a $12 donation?  Donations can also be made by supporting MLFH with purchasing an annual membership.  Click here for the membership information. New members will receive a shopping coupon compliments of Hallmark at the Boynton Beach Mall. Please consider making the MLFH one of the charities to which you will give before the end of this year.

Your monetary support will help the operations of the exhibits and educational programs at MLFH.  Some of those programs include the MLFH school field trip program for children.  Back in year 2006, MLFH partnered with the Mathematics Department at the School District of Palm Beach County to develop the Mathematics in Design & History field trip program.  This math program infuses mathematical operations in the designs and shapes of historic items displayed at MLFH.  Students perform various mathematical operations that include Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication. For this math program, students also identify three-dimensional shapes, patterns and lines which all pertain to mathematics.
Visit MLFH at its current donated 8,000 square feet facility located inside the Boynton Beach Mall in Boynton Beach, FL USA  at 801 N. Congress Avenue, Suite 483  (Inside the Mall in the North Wing). 
MLFH is celebrating the holidays with a special Barbie Christmas for the Barbie history exhibit honoring Ken's 50th birthday; and also displayed is a Pink & Green Christmas Tree for the Queen of Prep: Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau exhibit.  And, opening this month is SCAASI: An Iconic American Fashion Designer.
MLFH's newest program is the Taste History Culinary Tour of Historic Delray Beach & Boynton Beach, Florida sponsored by Macy's. Due to popular demand, Taste History is now offered on the 3rd and 4th Saturday of each month plus private group tours are available.  Purchase tickets on-line.
Special thank you to Fred & Jean Sharf, the Patricia Ann Ravo Fund, the Boris & Edith Rueger Fund, US 1 AC Self Storage an the Simon Propert Group/Boynton Beach Mall.
For more information, call 561-243-2662 or go to MLFHMUSEUM.org

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Season's Greetings, Happy Holiday and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

MLFH Presents its first Pop-up Museum Exhibit with 48-hour display of Arnold Scaasi gowns in the Recreation Center at Johnson & Wales University-North Miami Campus.

1980s Scaasi couture gown on display at Johnson & Wales University
SCAASI: An Iconic American Fashion Designer exhibition has been organized and developed by the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History. Through a collaborative partnership with the College of Business at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, FL, this Pop-up Museum Exhibit has a 48-hour display from December 7 – 8th, 2011, at the school.
The exhibit showcases twelve couture gowns circa 1980s & 1990s created by Arnold Scaasi. They are displayed in The Recreation Center at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, FL.  The Recreation Center has been transformed from the site of pool tables, card games and a laundry room to a red and black fabric draped gallery with red carpet as an ode to the design greatness of Arnold Scaasi.

A Public Day for the Pop-Up Museum Exhibit will be hosted on Thursday, December 8th from 2:15pm to 4:15pm at Johnson & Wales University.  Admission is Free.
Also on Public Day, Thursday, December 8th at 3:15pm, fashion author Pamela Parmal will conduct a lecture about her book Scaasi: American Couturier.  The public lecture is free but books are sold separately and Parmal will be on hand to autograph the photographic book.  Reservations are required for the lecture due to limited seating.  E-mail: RSVP@MLFHMUSEUM.org or call: 561-243-2662.
Arnold Scaasi will be honored as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at a by-invitation-only awards ceremony at Johnson & Wales University.
The Recreation Center  (near the McGregor Library) at Johnson & Wales University  at 1701 N.E. 127th Street, North Miami, FL
Sponsors, to date: Fred & Jean Sharf, Patricia Ann Ravo Fund, Boris & Edith Rueger Fund, US 1 AC Self Storage and Aloha Cleaners.  Print News Media Sponsor is The Palm Beach Daily News

Special thank you to Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, Florida for the collaborative partnership.

1961. Arnold Scaasi. Photo by John French
About the Scaasi Collection at Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History
The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History is scheduled to present a feature exhibit of more than 20 Scaasi gowns opening on December 21st at the Museum’s home inside the Boynton Beach Mall in Boynton Beach, Florida. The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History received that collection from the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. The exhibit has been curated by Lori J. Durante. For more information, visit MLFHMUSEUM.org or call: 561-243-2662.
About Arnold Scaasi:
Born Arnold Isaacs on May 8, 1930, the Montreal native studied at the Cotnoir-Capponi School of Design in Montreal and the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Parisienne in Paris, where he apprenticed at the House of Paquin before moving to New York City to work with renowned designer Charles James (1953–54).  Shortly thereafter, Isaacs was turned around and became “Scaasi.” He gained recognition for his designs, and in 1955, the December cover of Vogue pictured a coat he designed for Dressmaker Casuals (a Seventh Avenue manufacturer), creating the buzz that helped Scaasi launch his ready-to-wear line the following year.  In 1958, the designer won the prestigious Coty Fashion critics Award and his success was assure  By 1964, Scaasi decided to devote his full attention to custom clothes, opening his couture salon.
Scaasi mastered draping and created refined silhouettes in sumptuous fabrics. His designs are intricately constructed, averaging approximately 120 working hours for each outfit and involving at least three different craftsmen.   They are made of the most luxurious, flamboyant, and expensive fabrics and furs, and feature asymmetrical necklines, pouffed sleeves, and billowy skirts in a wide range of bright colors.  Fur-trimmed gowns, feather-lined coats, and jewel-encrusted dresses are among the many extraordinary confections that bear the SCAASI label. 
Scaasi has received numerous honors during his long and successful career. In addition to the Coty Fashion Critics Award (1958), they include the Neiman Marcus Award (1959), three Chicago Gold Coast Awards (early 1960s), The Council of Fashion Designer of America (CFDA) Award for creative excellence (1987), and its highest honor, The CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award (1997).  In addition, he received in the National Arts Club’s Gold Medal of Fashion (2006), and The New York Landmarks Conservancy made Scaasi a Living Landmark of New York City.
Major retrospectives have been presented at The New York Historical Society, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which staged First Ladies in Fashion: Featuring the Works of Arnold Scaasi.  His creations have also been included in numerous group exhibitions at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Brooklyn Museum and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.  Scaasi has documented his unique experiences with famous women in his book, Women I Have Dressed (and Undressed!) (Scribner, New York, 2004).  He continues to design a costume jewelry collection, which is featured on the Home Shopping Network.

What is a Pop-up Museum Exhibit?
It has been recorded that the concept of the Pop-up Museum developed in the 1990s.  A pop-up museum can be defined as a short term exhibit existing in a temporary space. Pop-up museum exhibits are usually displayed in non-traditional spaces that are not museum facilities nor art galleries. Some exhibits designated as pop-ups have been mounted in places as varied as community centers or walk-in closets.  Simply, this type of exhibit “pops-up” for a brief period then it may move to another location. Hence, the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History's (MLFH) Pop-Up Museum Exhibit is a 48-hour display of Arnold Scaasi couture dresses displayed for a short-term in a non-museum space. The Scaasi display has been mounted in the Recreation Center at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, Florida.  The Recreation Center also serves as the student laundry room which was transformed into a temporary museum gallery with the use of black and red fabric draping and a real red carpet.  The color red is Scaasi's trademark design.
Arnold Scaasi pop-up exhibit by the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History hosted at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, Florida

Arnold Scaasi pop-up exhibit by the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History hosted at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, Florida
Arnold Scaais passed away on August 4, 2015.  CNN reports:
August 4, 2015
Fashion Designer Arnold Scaasi is dead at 85
New York (CNN)Arnold Scaasi, the Canadian-born designer whose custom gowns graced celebrities such as Barbra Streisand and Elizabeth Taylor as well as a number of American first ladies, has died, according to friends and associates. He was 85.
Scaasi was surrounded by family and friends when he died from cardiac arrest early Tuesday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, according to his close friend Michael Selleck.
His prolific designs were celebrated in a 2011 exhibition at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts entitled, "Scaasi: American Couturier."
The exhibit grew out of the museum's acquisition of his archive and more than 100 custom designs for some of the 20th century's "most celebrated artists and most fashionable socialites, including Broadway, TV, and movie stars, such as Arlene Francis, Mitzi Gaynor, Barbra Streisand, Diahann Carroll, Mary Tyler Moore, and Elizabeth Taylor; Palm Beach and New York socialites including Mary Sanford, Ivana Trump, Joetta Norban, Gayfryd Steinberg, and Edna Morris; and first ladies Mamie Eisenhower and Barbara and Laura Bush," according to the museum.
One of his most talked about designs was a black sequined pantsuit Barbra Streisand wore to collect her 1969 Academy Award for Funny Girl.
His work was also featured at the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History in Florida.
"The Arnold Scaasi designs definitely made a statement with high quality fabric and bold colors, and some of them incorporated geometric shape and ornamentation," the museum's executive director and chief curator, Lori Durante, said. "He had memorable personality ... a lot of spirit in his personality."
When Scaasi went into business in New York in the mid-1950s, he was one of few designers concentrating on custom-made clothing rather than ready-to-wear, according to the Boston museum. He launched his first ready-to-wear line in 1956.
Before Scaasi was 30, he had won the Coty American Fashion Critics Award for best designer of the year, and his designs graced the covers of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, according to the Boston Museum.
Scaasi has said that he preferred working directly with custom clientele on "luxurious and dramatic garments that suited their lifestyles," according to the museum.
"Mr. Scaasi was a character. He was a wonderful man and designer -- certain days I wanted to strangle him," said Glendina West, who said she worked for the designer for 40 years -- starting out housekeeper and eventually becoming his confidant. "He was temperamental, strong willed and always had to get the last say. And he was a wonderful boss."
The designer was married to his longtime partner, Parker Ladd, a former publishing executive who is 86, according to friends.
Scaasi published several books including a 2004 memoir titled "Women I Have Dressed (And Undressed)."
Born in Montreal as Arnold Martin Isaacs, Scaasi later changed his name.
West said a private funeral service is being planned for later this week, and a memorial service after Labor Day.