Chess is more fashionable than ever. On Tuesday, the World Chess Hall of Fame revealed its new exhibition, “A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion & Chess,” at Christie’s in New York City, a collection of designer pieces that all represent the all-powerful queen piece in chess. The exhibit features designs by Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Maison Martin Margiela, Jean Paul Gaultier, and more that are all inspired by the queen archetype in chess. “We wanted to have a look at what kind of personality the queen has,” the exhibit’s curator Sofia Hedman told InStyle.com. “The queen is the most unpredictable piece, so we wanted to have quite unpredictable designers in the exhibition.” Mission accomplished. Check it out for yourself when the collection opens on October 19th at the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis, and learn more at worldchesshof.com. Click to get a sneak peek.
No one wears vintage clothing quite like burlesque star Dita Von Teese, who has been collecting pieces for more than 25 years. “I started wearing vintage because I couldn’t even afford designer jeans,” Von Teese (in a blue velvet dress from the 1930s) told InStyle.com at Dior Beauty’s dinner celebrating Hollywood glamour. “I couldn’t keep up with my friends in high school so I bought vintage clothes that were cheaper.” So there’s no better person to ask for tips on how to shop for standout items! “Choose things that look modern,” Von Teese told InStyle.com. “Notice, in modern clothes, where the references are in vintage. Look for the parallels between [modern designers] like Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier and vintage clothing.” And that’s not all. “Also, go for things that are fairly simplistic and have a nice shape,” Von Teese said. ”I know I’m successful at shopping for vintage when people say, ‘Is that Galliano, Dior, Westwood, or Prada?’ And I say, ‘No, I bought it on eBay for $40!’”
Plus, see Dita’s vintage-inspired Decades collection.
— Kwala Mandel
Of all of Madonna’s many memorable looks, one of the most iconic is her cone bra. Originally designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, the bras became the costume staple from the singer’s 1990s Blonde Ambition tour, and they have staying power to this day: Two of them sold at a Christie’s auction in London for nearly $80,000. Gaultier’s fringed candy-striped couture corset (shown, inset) was originally expected to fetch between $16,000 and $24,000, but raked in more than double that, with an anonymous bidder shelling over $52,000 for the piece, The Guardian reports. The same private bidder paid more than $26,000 for the two-piece black Lycra piece, shown. Private “Vogue”-off, anyone?
Plus, see Madonna’s MDNA tour looks!
Couture Fashion Week is still going strong in the City of Lights! Click through the gallery for more updates straight from Paris, including Valentino‘s signature red update, Jean Paul Gaultier‘s Madonna moment, Kim and Kanye in the front row, and much more.
Couture Fashion Week wrapped after three days in Paris, and we rounded up all the top news you need to know. See Dita Von Teese in Jean Paul Gaultier’s front row, Elie Saab’s Oscar-perfect pastels, over-the-top jewelry at Alexandre Vauthier, and so much more in the gallery now.
Dita Von Teese showed up to the MOCA Annual Gala in Los Angeles on Friday in an haute couture gown by Jean Paul Gaultier—the same look she wore three days earlier for the opening of the designer’s exhibit in Dallas. Why twice in one week? “When a dress costs as much as a Mercedes, you want to wear it more than once,” she told InStyle.com at the L.A. event. “This is my favorite dress in the world. I’ve worn it about four times. This actually belongs to me.” And she’s eager to let you know you can do the same with your formal looks, too. “I don’t agree that you can only wear things once,” she explained. “I think when you have something you really love, there should be nothing that stops you from enjoying it!” Tell us: Do you agree?
Plus, see JPG’s latest collection!
— Reporting by Kwala Mandel
Jean Paul Gaultier’s first-ever exhibit, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, has just landed at the Dallas Museum of Art after a four-month stint in Montreal. The show features costumes worn by the French couturier’s most famous celebrity clientele—like Madonna‘s Blond Ambition tour corset and Dita Von Teese‘s bustier dress—along with pieces donned by Naomi Campbell, Rihanna and Sarah Jessica Parker. “Gaultier wanted his exhibition to reflect the energy of a catwalk show,” says Kevin W.Tucker, the curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the DMA. And it does!
WHERE TO FIND IT: The Dallas Museum of Art is located at 1717 North Harwood in Dallas. Call 214-922-1200 or visit dm-art.org for tickets and info. The exhibit will remain in Dallas through February 12th, and will then travel to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco next, where it is set to open March 24th.
Jean Paul Gaultier created a quintessential French collection for spring 2012 with effortless dresses, reworked classic trench coats, and striped patterns included in his lineup at Paris Fashion Week. He also added some playful elements, like his signature tattoo print stockings and wide corset belts worn over dresses for an exaggerated silhouette. Tough chic studded chokers, layered necklaces, and chunky footwear accessorized each look. See our favorite styles in the gallery.
— Violet Gaynor