Sunday, November 8, 2009

TV News & Video Clips: "Anatomy of a Closet" Opens the Door to "Everything is Art" on Ovation TV

As one of the experts interviewed in Anatomy of a Closet reveals, men look at women to get turned on whereas women look at themselves to get turned on. It's an astute observation that becomes all the more fascinating as we realize the personal connection we have with the iconography of the ten most essential items the panel of designers, movie stars, U2's Larry Mullen Jr., historians, magazine editors, and photographers count down in this addictive documentary.

Whether we're focusing on the historic origins of jeans which were designed in the 1870s purely for work apparel before they moved from the Wild West to a rebellious nonverbal display of attitude in the 1950s or likening the search for the perfect white t-shirt to the holy grail, there's plenty to reflect on, provoke, and entice in this celebration of ten staples that will never go out of fashion.

From red lipstick to the return of the fedora which was originally created for actress Sarah Bernhardt before Humphrey Bogart made it masculine or the various evolutions of the little black dress, sunglasses and others, the study of the effect such objects of "living art" can have on yourself, society and our pop culture makes for terrific TV viewing.

Digging back further into their closet to explore the idea that everything including sneakers is art, Ovation excites with an entire week focused on creativity in design from the work of Stella McCartney to architecture, technology and more.

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Anatomy of a Closet

"A countdown survey of the fashion icons we all wear every day and yet take for granted.

"Even though you may not think about it much, your closet contains a short history of modern fashion. Anatomy of a Closet counts down 10 style icons that we find in our closets, drawers and vanities. It explores the history of these icons, including their origins and evolution, the cultural trends and celebrity associations that have made them so popular and enduring, and the pitfalls that go along with wearing some of them.

"The Icons: Little Black Dress; White Tee Shirt; Blue Jeans; Red Lipstick; Sunglasses; Stiletto Heels; Trenchcoat; The Bra; Fedora; Miniskirt.

The Experts:
Jason Wu: Designer and favorite of Michelle Obama.
Mena Suvari: Actress.
Andrew Bolton: Curator, The Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Larry Mullen Jr.: Drummer, U2.
Elie Tahari: Chairman and CEO, Elie Tahari Ltd
Mary Quant: Designer of miniskirts and hot pants.
Nancy Berger: Personal Branding Expert.
Jennifer Creel: Designer, MODO Eyewear.
Susie Crippen: Co-Founder and Creative Director, JBrand Jeans.
Avril Graham: Executive Fashion and Beauty Editor, Harper's Bazaar.
Kate Lanphear: Style Director, Elle Magazine
Michael Nash: Contributing Editor, GQ Magazine
Beau Nelson: Creative Director, Beaute Cosmetics
June Sarpong: TV Personality
Christian Siriano: Designer
Valerie Steele: Director and Chief Curator, The Museum at FIT Kevin Westenberg: Photographer. "

Stella's Story

"Stella McCartney is perched neatly at the top of the fashion game. She's blazed a trail in the fashion world that has drawn both criticism and acclaim. Now, Stella resides over her own eponymous stores in LA and New York domestically and in the biggest fashion centers worldwide.

"Stella's Story offers personal insight into her world as told by the video diary she kept since her student days. Also features interviews & appearances from Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss, Liv Tyler, Chrissie Hynde & Stella's father, Paul."

"There's No Line Between Art and Design..."


"FashioNext was a contest put on by the Chicago History Museum. When CHM put on the Chic Chicago exhibit they had problems finding contemporary couture gowns that had some sort of connection with Chicago. So they asked five local established designers to pick a dress from the Chic Chicago exhibit to use as an inspiration for a new dress. Three of the five designers were chosen to move forward with the construction of the garment. Then those dresses were displayed at a fashion show at the museum, and a winner was announced. The winner's dress became part of the permanent collection at the Chicago History Museum.

"The designers who participated were Melissa Serpico, Jermikko Shoshanna and the winners, Roger Price and Tommy Walton of Price Walton designs."

"Design is From One's Creative Thinking..."