Wednesday 5: History of Lingerie, Google Honors Rachel Carson, Women at Cannes

In this week’s Wednesday 5, an artist explores the complicated relationship between women and food; a new exhibit unravels the history of lingerie; Google Doodle honors environmentalist Rachel Carson; the woman problem at the Cannes Film Festival; and a video gone viral shows us the coolest mother of the groom ever!



Art: Women Eating

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Erin Cunnigham of The Daily Beast profiles artist Lee Price, who has produced a series of portraits of women eating. For the most part, Price uses herself as the subject. Cunnigham writes, “Price’s paintings are neither derived from nor aimed at producing humor. They’re based on very real eating disorders (which Price herself has suffered from in the past), and explore the obsession—and sometimes compulsive relationship—many women have with food.”  Yet Price says she’s not trying to make a statement about  the relationship women have with food, instead, she’s making art about her life, and she believes that the personal can be universal. In her portraits, she hopes to convey that perhaps what might be universal is the notion that  “food is an easy way to nurture yourself. I also feel like women do have a tendency of feeling like we’re supposed to take care of other people, so it’s an easy way to take care of ourselves back.”



The History of Lingerie

Wonderbra, Conebra, Corset—these are some of iconic pieces of intimate apparel that transformed our concept of underwear-as-outerwear. Exposed: A History of Lingerie, the exhibition at the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, traces the developments in intimate apparel from the 18th century to the present and features more than 70 pieces. What the exhibition endeavors to do is demonstrate how the once delicate unmentionables became inspiration for fashion. For example, Curator Colleen Hill pairs a 1950s nylon nightgown, made by the upscale lingerie label Iris,  with an evening gown by Claire McCardell, also a 1950s garment, created in a similar fabric and silhouette. Exposed: A History of Lingerie will be on view from June 3 through November 15, 2014, in the Fashion and Textile History Gallery at the Museum at FIT.

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Google Doodle Honors Rachel Carson, Environmentalist

GoogleDoodleIf you needed to Google anything two days ago, we hope you saw Google Doodle’s tribute to Rachel Louise Carson—another instance of their getting it right in paying tribute to women, many of whom are NOT household names, but are incredibly accomplished. Carson, who was born 107 years ago, wrote the groundbreaking 1962 book Silent Spring that looked at the poisonous effects of pesticides on our ecosystem. At the time of the book’s publication, many of the common environmental protections we have now did not exist. The Environmental Protection Agency also had not yet formed. Her work and scholarship would pave the way for how we now think about global environmental activism. Carson would soon die—in 1964—of breast cancer, but was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom sixteen years later. You can learn more about the life and legacy of Carson here.




The Women of Cannes

Writing about women in the business of Hollywood for Forbes, Melissa Silverstein wrote about the history-making moment at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival when the Grand Prix award, the festival’s second prize,  went to 33-year-old Italian writer/director Alice Rohrwacher for her second film, Le Meraviglie (The Wonders.). Naomi Kawase was the first woman to  win the prize—in 2007,  for her film The Mourning Forest.  Of course, this year the conversations around gender and Cannes have been heightened; Jane Campion, the Cannes Jury President this year, has been highly vocal about the “inherent sexism” of the film industry. Why is it important that women walk away with these top honors? Silverstein shares a powerful anecdote:

Having women win awards and having them seen at the highest level of filmmaking is not something to be underestimated. A prime example occurred at the awards ceremony as 25 year old Xavier Dolan was handed one of the jury’s prize for his film Mommy. He specifically thanked Jane Campion and told her how much he was influenced by her film The Piano. “Your Piano made me want to write roles for women—beautiful women with soul and will and strength, not victims, not objects.”






The Best Mother of the Groom, Ever!

This is no sweet, tearful, mother-of-the-groom dance. In this week’s dose of fun, we share with you a lovely choreographed performance between a mother and son at his wedding. It starts out sweet, but ends up a surprising party! The video has gone viral, with more than 7 million views on YouTube, and counting!


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