The Shangri Las

The Shangri Las

The Shangri Las are a girl pop group from the 1960s, They were a bit different from other Girl Groups back then. (groups which name starts with The, similar dressed trio’s with two background singers etc.) because they came from Queens, New York which also was part of the ‘though’ image they had. The Shangri Las recorded songs about alienation, loneliness, abandonment and death, well all the stuff a teenager finds interesting…. Our personal favorites are ‘The leader of the pack’, ‘Sophisticated Boom Boom’ and ‘I Can Never Go Home Anymore’. We could only find one of our favorite songs on video, but never mind that; the girls are a feast to the eye in action, with their tight boots, big hair and shrilly voices. Have a nive day! xoxo Mimi

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Mimi Berlin’s Fashion-Fest #4

Mimi Berlin’s Fashion-Fest #4Mimi Berlin’s Fashion-Fest #4

Mimi Berlin’s Fashion-Fest #4; us wearing Dick Holthaus, October 2015. With this self-portrait we want to remember Dutch Couturier Dick Holthaus, who sadly passed away this year. The portrayed are wearing VintageDeluxe outfits designed by Dick Holthaus in the 1960s.*

From left to right: Mimi Berlin, family of Mimi Berlin and family of Dick Holthaus. All the portrayed are working the creative fields of fashion. Mimi Berlin’s Fashion-Fest #4: us wearing Dick Holthaus, is a photo-montage made by Mimi Berlin©2015

We really would like to thank the following people very much for their generousity, kindness, time and knowledge: JW Kaldenbach, Ferry van der Nat and Ulrike Träge (collectioneurs of (vintage) clothing), The Vintage Snatcher (bijoux), Petra Kamphuis, Milou van Rossum, Gümmischtuck, Joey Holthaus, Baukje Bies, Amber Jansen, Machteld Schouten, Manon Schaap and Wendelien Daan

These outfits (and more iconic pieces of Dutch fashion) can be seen and touched at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam at the “Collected By” part of the exhibition; Temporary Fashion Museum (13/09/2015 – 08/05/2016)

* (minus men’s wear/the far left: 2 piece suit: Hanro for Gerzon/middle top 2 piece suit: ILGWU; International Ladies Garment Worker Union imported from the USA)

…..And more information about this work HERE

View previous Mimi Berlin’s Fashion Fests HERE

Vanessa Beecroft

Vanessa Beecroft

“Vanessa Beecroft‘s work addresses conceptual concerns as well as aesthetic concerns. Her performance art is often large scale and often involves live female models, often nude. At her performances, video recordings and photographs are made, to be exhibited as documentation of the performances, but also as separate works of art. She sets up a structure for the participants in her live events to create their own ephemeral composition. The performances are existential encounters between models and audience, their shame and their expectations. Each performance is made for a specific location and often references the political, historical, or social associations of the place where it is held. Beecroft’s work is deceptively simple in its execution, provoking questions around identity politics and voyeurism in the complex relationship between viewer, model and context.” (read more here)

Vanessa Beecroft has been warmly welcomed by the fashion industry since she showed  her performance art at the Guggenheim in 1998, and put the models/performers in Gucci bathing suits, she worked for Vogue, Wallpaper, Adidas

See Vanessa Beecroft’s stage setting during New York Fashion Week for Fall 2015 HERE

Mimi Berlin’s Fashion-Fest #2 in Istanbul

Mimi Berlin’s Fashion-Fest #2 in Istanbul

Mimi Berlin’s Fashion-Fest #2 can be seen at Salon/Dantel at the Adahan Istanbul Hotel in Turkey during Istanbul Design Biennial 2014. Salon/Dantel is a parallel event program and is a travelling, custom-made exhibition based on the concept of SALON/KANT, held in the summer of 2013 in Amsterdam. This exhibition will run till December 14th, 2014. (photocredits: JW Kaldenbach)

Read more about Mimi Berlin’s Fashion-Fests HERE

Mimi Berlin’s Fashion Fest #3

Mimi Berlins Fashion-Fest 3
Mimi Berlin’s Fashion Fest #3 (Professoren in Schwarz/Teachers in Black), March 2014. From left to right: Mimi Berlin and Friends of Mimi Berlin. All the portrayed work in the creative fields of design, art, photography and dance. They are Dutch and are also teachers, or have been teaching. Mimi Berlins Fashion-Fest #3 is a photo montage made by Mimi Berlin©2014.

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