Hello Elegant Readers,
My hubby surprised me on our anniversary with a trip to Chicago. Yeah, Chi-town!
We went to see The Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Show Exhibition at the Chicago History Museum. The exhibition is open from March 16, 2013 through January 5, 2014. If you are in the area please go see it.
The designs are gorgeous.
Image Courtesy of the Chicago History Museum
Quote from Joy Bivins, Exhibition Curator
“We hope visitors will have the impression of attending an exclusive event that was put together just for them where they will be wowed by fantastic garments and a powerful American story,” said Bivins. “We want them to feel what it was like to attend this spectacular event, and learn about Chicago, American and fashion history in the process.”
I must admit I felt like I was going to a red Carpet event when I walked into the exhibit. The stanchions and carpet made me feel like a queen.
Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair
Excerpt from the Chicago History Museum website
“The Ebony Fashion Fair began in 1958, and over the next 50 years the traveling fashion show blossomed into an American institution that raised millions for charity and helped Johnson Publishing Company reach audiences.
Show organizers overcame racial prejudice to bring the pinnacle of Europe’s premier fashion to communities that were eager to see, in real time and space, a new vision of black America that was the hallmark of Ebony and Jet magazines. Eunice Johnson took over as producer and director in 1963, and under her direction, the traveling show took on new heights as she expanded her cachet and power within fashion circles.”
The exhibition has over 60 garments including designers such as St. Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, Pucci, Christian Lacroix and others. Fashion that is flamboyant and ahead of its time. The fashion show was founded by Eunice Johnson of Johnson Publishing company with her husband. It was neat to find out that Ms. Johnson would go into exclusive couture houses and pick garments for her fashion show and received the utmost respect.
The exhibit looks like it came right off of the runway; highlighting some of the most elaborate, intricately detailed couture garments. In the picture below is a Christian Lacroix ready to wear hooded ensemble, it appeared in Fashion in Love in the Fall/Winter 1998-1999. The garment is made of wool cashmere, synthetic blend thread and fox trim around the hood. I like everything about this outfit, except for me I would have faux fur around the trim of the hood.
Another favorite of mine is the dress in black and metallic by Jean Patou made me look twice. This dress is Haute Couture, fall/winter 1986-1987 in silk satin, synthetic tulle, silk velvet and feathers. It appeared in Fashion Scandal. The hat adds sophistication with flair.
Image Courtesy of the Chicago History Museum
I learned many things about Eunice Johnson and what it took to make this traveling fashion show a success. The models were women of color and it gave inspiration that they can wear those clothes and they can look like that too. Not only did she cross stereotypes; but she made the outfits appeal to women no matter what their size was at the time. Women over the size of 14 want to cute as well. Celebrate your individuality and personality because no one can do it for you. You have to stir up the gift inside of you.
Below is an image of one of my favorite designs. This dress is so avante garde that it works in every way, shape, and form. Over the top describes this dress to me, literally leaves your mouth open. The designer of this cocktail dress is Tilmann Grove, Haute couture, fall/winter 2003-2004. The dress is made of silk chiné-taffeta, horn, plastic and glass beads, horsehair tubing, and plastic boning. The dress appeared in Living It Up, 2004-2005. The model in the catalog has matching bracelets on each arm
I wonder how comfortable this would be at the dinner table? The dress would be a real conversation piece for sure.
Image courtesy of Chicago History Museum
The garments are beautiful and I learned a lot about Eunice Johnson and her husband. If you have a dream, you can achieve it and inspire others to go that extra mile to achieve their dreams.
I watched an interactive inside of the exhibit and I remember a lady saying that when she went to an Ebony Fashion show she realized that she could look like that the model walking down the runway or better.Women could actually get to visualize themselves wearing these clothes and feeling confident.
Chicago History Museum Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair exhibition website
Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair by Chicago History Museum Catalog for the Exhibition
Hello Elegant Readers,
I actually saw snowflakes in the air today. I love the holiday season. And what better time to get a cool iPad case.
I was asked by Labato to review its iPad case for my iPad 3.
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Hi Elegant Readers,
Are you feeling the beat? Snap your fingers.
I’m wearing my suit jacket, suit jacket, let me show you a good thang. Word wrapping in my Suit and Tie remix.
My hubby and I just came back from a whirl-wind trip to Memphis, Tennessee and we enjoyed every minute of it. I recently won a trip to the land of the delta blues to see Justin Timberlake perform in his home town. I entered my article, Take Back The Night With JT In Memphis! in an Alive Magazine/Memphis Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (I Love Memphis) contest back in October and I won. This is so exciting for me because I have never won anything like this before. Alive Magazine created the image below for Bubbling with Elegance and Grace for winning the contest.
http://BubblingwithEleganceandGrace.com wins Memphis trip!
The concert was Monday, November 18 at the FedEx Forum, in the heart of historic downtown Memphis, on Beale Street.
The tickets were held for us at the box office. My hubby and I picked up the tickets early so we would not have to wait in line later when we arrived to the concert. The FedEx Forum was conveniently located only two blocks from the Peabody Hotel, where we stayed for two nights. The hotel stay was also a part of the contest package.
I am a Missourian; but on this night I felt like a Memphian because I was in JT’s hometown. Actually, I found out that he grew up in Shelby Forest, just outside of Memphis.
Anyway feast your eyes on the tickets.
Monday, November 18, 2013 Justin Timberlake concert tickets
Our seats were in one of the box suites, more than enough room to dance the night away. We even got to meet the contest winner who won from the drawing. She had her husband with her and they were very nice.
I had not been to an N’SYNC concert or a JT concert; so I was very curious about how this night was going to be.
The pre-show included a DJ mixing tunes and using some #$@&%*! words a couple of times until JT kicked off the show at 9p.m.
When Justin sung Summer Love he said, “Why are y’all sitting down, don’t let me call you out.” Too funny!
JT used some #$@&%*! words here and there throughout the show also.
JT opened the show with a white Tom Ford Tuxedo suit.
His hair is straight and not curly, just like on the cover of the CD. The hairstyle gives JT a mature look and a change. I have seen some who have had curly hair and started wearing their hair straight: Mariah Cary, Taylor Swift to name a couple.
I wonder does he have it flat ironed before the show or has he had his hair chemically straightened? I think about these things because I am curly girl myself.
JT with curly hair photo from:fashionably-early.com
The JT set list below included total songs, partial songs and song covers. Some of the my favorite tunes that were featured at the concert that I workout too are Future Sex/ Love Sounds, Rock Your Body, My Love, TKO, Cry Me A River, Tunnel Vision, Let The Groove In, Cabaret, Take Back The Night which is so Michael Jacksonesque, Suit and Tie and Sexyback. All these songs will make you sweat.
Strawberry Bubblegum is a cool jam and Mirrors was one of those songs you could hold a candle to.
When the crowd heard JT and a couple of his back up singers sing Bell Biv Devoe’s cut Poison, they jumped up high. I could tell this crowd was over 30.
The Memphis Justin Timberlake Set list
Pusher Love Girl /Rock Your Body
Don’t Hold The Wall
Future Sex/ LoveSounds
Like I Love You
Until The End of Time
Cry Me A River
10 Minute Intermission
Only When I Walk Away
Drink You Away
Let The Groove Get In
Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis cover)
Not A Bad Thing
Human Nature (Michael Jackson cover)
What Goes Around…
Take Back The Night
Poison (Bell Biv Devoe cover)
Suit and Tie
There was no N’SYNC songs at this show. JT had more than enough music for the night.
My favorite part of the night was when JT sang Let The Groove Get In. During the song a portion of the middle of the stage elevated up and started moved forward to the other side.
JT and the back up singers moved over to the other side of the concert hall to be more up close with the crowd. In Let The Groove Get In, I heard a short cover of some Gloria Estefan and the Sound Machine.
Oh ay Oh ah! Oh ay Oh ah!
JT and the back up singers were moving on that contraption and I didn’t see any safety nets. Yeah baby, having fun now! I noticed that he changed to a black suit and converse like chuckies because he would of been sliding with the dress shoes he had on earlier.
JT and backup singers on moving stage.
This was a cool night my hubby and I enjoyed the JT concert from our box suite. Oh yes we did.
I would like to thank JT, the band’s music director, the 11 or more piece band, 4 back up singers, 6 dancers, audio, sound, roadies, the concert bus driver, everyone because they all were working it hard.
I have to mention everyone.
The concert was 2 hours and 40 minutes with a ten minute intercession.
I would like to thank Alive Magazine and the Memphis Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for the tickets to a show that otherwise my hubby and I would not have been able to attend.
I am humbled and grateful to have this special opportunity.
Let The Groove Get In To YOU!
After the JT concert my hubby and I enjoyed the sights and sounds of Beale Street.
JT Day in Memphis