On November 11th, Valerie Steele was interviewed by veteran radio newscaster Sandi Klein for her show The 51%: Conversations with Creative Women. Valerie discusses her early years, the beginnings of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, expounds on the Victorian culture and the history of the corset, and discusses the state of the modeling industry.
Follow this link for an article about me by Suzy Menkes in the International Herald Tribune: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/11/fashion/11iht-rsteele18.html?_r=2&ref=fashion
In October, I had the pleasure of attending Mercedes Benz Kiev Fashion Week – or, as I like to think of it, Kiev Fashion Weekend (October 21-23). My sincere thanks to Miss Daria (Dasha) Shapovalova for inviting me to come and speak. Kiev is an extraordinarily beautiful city in the Ukraine with amazing churches and monasteries, good-looking young people, and a small but vibrant fashion scene. There were ten fashion shows by mostly young designers such as Anna October, Sasha Kanevsky, and Anton Belinsky. But my favorite thing was a display of amazing, hand-crafted leather handbags – half kawaii and half steampunk – by the Ukrainian artist/designer Bob Bassett (firstname.lastname@example.org) . If I’d had an extra $1,000 I would have bought the over-the-shoulder bag shaped like a dragon.
I’m busy working on lots of terrific projects – including the Daphne Guinness exhibition and book, and also the museum’s Masterpiece book. Yesterday we threw a “birthday party” for Christian Dior at the Museum; Fred Dennis and I showed five of our beautiful Dior dresses to eight members of the Couture Council.
I saw an interesting show at the Museum of Art and Design on the Global Africa Project, with one of Nick Cave’s art costumes, clothing by Black Coffee, photographs by Daniele Tamagni, and Sheila Bridges’ very-cool Harlem Toile de Jouy.