An evening devoted to reinterpreting the ultimate fashion basics. With a keynote lecture by fashion designer Mary Ping, founder of the label Slow and Steady Wins the Race, and contributions from art historian Sophie Berrebi and make-up artist Ellis Faas.
Since 2002 the New York-based fashion designer Mary Ping has been offering an alternative to the fast-fashion system with her label Slow and Steady Wins the Race. She breaks the rule that fashion must constantly change in order to encourage consumption and instead offers powerful reinterpretations of the ultimate basics. In this way she plays with the possibility of being simultaneously ‘trendy’ and timeless, unique but also universal and accessible to all. Read Mary Ping's lecture.
Art historian Sophie Berrebi explored the history of the number one make-up basic: the red lipstick. Where did this iconic item come from and how has its meaning changed over the centuries. Berrebi has written essays about four timeless fashion icons for the Temporary Fashion Museum, among which the red lipstick.
This Thursday Night focussed on the timelessness, utility and accessibility of fashion basics, will be given an extra dash of glamour by make-up artist Ellis Faas and her team. Ellis Faas is one of the most influential make-up artists working today. She works with fashion stars such as Mario Testino and Karl Lagerfeld and beauty brands such as Clinique and L’Oréal. She also has her own label: ELLISFAAS. She too resists conforming to the rapid turnover of the beauty industry.
Mary Ping established her label Slow and Steady Wins the Race following her studies in fine arts at Vassar College. Her designs are sold all over the world and were included in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition New York Fashion Now in 2007.
Sophie Berrebi is an art historian, writer and curator. She has written extensively on the visual arts and is a research fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut. For the Temporary Fashion Museum she has written a series of essays about four timeless fashion icons: the high-heel shoe, red lipstick, the white blouse and black clothing.
Ellis Faas, one of the most influential make-up artists of her generation, frequently works with leading fashion designers and photographers. In 2009 she launched her own brand ELLIS FAAS, ‘only tested on supermodels’.
This Thursday Night is part of the Temporary Fashion Museum project.