The Fisher Building: Art Deco Building Still Reigns Majestically in Detroit!

The Fisher Building: Art Deco Building Still Reigns Majestically in Detroit!

Art Deco Buildings Still Well Preserved in Detroit  THE FISHER BUILDING, DETROIT  The building known as “Detroit’s largest art object” has been dropping jaws in New Center for nearly a century.  The Fisher — built by the Fisher brothers of “Body by Fisher” fame — opened in September 1928, at Second Avenue and Grand Boulevard. Once known as the Cathedral to Commerce, the 441-foot tower is decked to the nines in fancy marbles, mosaics, soaring,…

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Issey Miyake: A Genius of Clothing Design Embedded with the Human Spirit

Issey Miyake: A Genius of Clothing Design Embedded with the Human Spirit

A giant of civilization has passed. Issey Miyake, the Japanese clothing designer, made a remarkable across-the-board impact on society with his creations, which showcased his capacities for innovation, passion, compassion, fearlessness, and humanity. Born in 1938 in Hiroshima, he experienced firsthand the horrors of the atomic bomb in 1945, both physically and psychologically. But he determined that this tragic incident would not scar or identify him, and then and there chose the path of optimism…

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Behind the Scenes of “The Closeup”

Behind the Scenes of “The Closeup”

Edith relished the opportunity to dress Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard.  “Dressing her meant dressing an idol,” she remembered.  Though at first she was anxious about working with the “meticulous” actress who was well versed in fashion–both Banton and Greer had mentioned her exacting nature–Edith found she already had an admirer in Gloria.  After all, Edith had enjoyed great success since succeeding Banton as Paramount’s head of costume design in 1938.  This included contributing to style in film noir…

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A Stellar Evening Honoring Sue Wong

A Stellar Evening Honoring Sue Wong

Reposted from Los Angeles Weekly Times A Stellar Evening Honoring Sue Wong At The Lionsgate Awake Your Inner Body Event August 11, 2022 by admin Business, Pop Culture The Awake Your Inner Body Female Empowerment Panel honoring iconic designer Sue Wong was a resounding success. Female Goddess Sue Wong was honored on August 8th, 2022 at the Awake Your Inner Body’s magical and extraordinary event at the exclusive private club, RAFFI’s Place located in the exclusive beach community of Malibu, California. Remarkable…

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SUE WONG’S ROCKIN’ APPOLONIAN/DIONYSIAN NEW YEAR’S EVE SOIREE: A PARTY FOR THE STORYBOOKS!

SUE WONG’S ROCKIN’ APPOLONIAN/DIONYSIAN NEW YEAR’S EVE SOIREE: A PARTY FOR THE STORYBOOKS!

To create great art, one must contrive a confluence of Appolonian and Dionysian tendencies: a passionate Dionysian vitality must be melded with an Appolonian diligence and attention to detail.  Sue Wong masterfully combines these seemingly disparate forces to create epic New Year’s Eve parties at her den of enchantment, The Cedars.  This year was no exception! Sue Wong was an eminent designer of elegant dresses and now focuses on the creation of unique luxury art…

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Shaolin Temple of Los Angeles Shows Its Warrior Spirit!

Shaolin Temple of Los Angeles Shows Its Warrior  Spirit!

On October 9, 2021, the Historical Venerable Abbot Shi Yan Fan of the Shaolin Temple of Los Angeles hosted what proved to be a momentous cultural event, gloriously meshing traditional Chinese entertainments with a martial arts exhibition, a special ceremony of discipleship, a heart-felt and brilliant speech, and a birthday celebration to synthesize a rousing and spiritually uplifting occasion.  Upon arriving at the temple, I was greeted with the soothing and emotionally uplifting tones of…

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Sue Wong Designer Estates: A New Design Extravaganza

Sue Wong Designer Estates: A New Design Extravaganza

Iconic/Legendary designer/artist Sue Wong just launched her new venture, SUE WONG DESIGNER ESTATES with the unveiling of her first designer property, VILLA FELIZ, a dazzling romantic 1928 Spanish Revival hacienda that she restored and redesigned to artistic perfection.  The inauguration featured a Red Carpet of  who’s who of celebrities, influencers, film/  television personalities and rock stars. SUE WONG Designer Estates reopened Hollywood in Los Angeles with a glamorous Red Carpet Hollywood cocktail party, touted as…

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The Emergence of Anna Kile-Gupta, Fashion Designer

The Emergence of Anna Kile-Gupta, Fashion Designer

                          On a slightly chilly night in December, 2019, a light rain began to fall on an outdoor stage at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, but that most certainly was not enough to stop the long-awaited student fashion show I was about to witness. The music commenced and got progressively louder as models, two at a time, crisscrossed through the large audience which…

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THE CEDARS: THE PAST IS THE PRESENT 

THE CEDARS: THE PAST IS THE PRESENT 

When renowned fashion designer Sue Wong undertook the restoration of her beloved The Cedars, the breathtaking palazzo she calls home, no detail nor expense was spared nor overlooked in reinstituting its past grandeur. The Cedars was once the fabled Grande Dame, the epitome of Old Hollywood glamour and reputedly the most opulent home of its day when she was conceived in the Golden Age of the 1920s.  The property came by its name in celebration…

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Sue Wong an Epic Life Journey

Sue Wong an Epic Life Journey

SUE WONG is a study in contrasts. She appears petite, yet possesses a commanding presence and grand energy that fills an entire room. While there is power and strength in her designs, there is a romantic fantasy and poetic lyricism that informs her work. The elegant economy of her gestures belies the strength and determination with which she had managed her business for over three decades. This collision of polar opposites creates the frisson that…

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