Get tickled by plumes: Dr. Valerie Steele and Dr. Sarah Abretory, Professor of History at UCLA, discuss Dr. Abretory’s new book Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce. This examination of the thriving global trade in ostrich feathers that flourished from the 1880s until WWI will be held on Thursday, May 7, 6:30 PM at the Center for Jewish History in NYC. For more information click here.
Sister Wolf summarized the above as “Jews and Feathers.” I think the discussion would be a hotter ticket with Sister Wolf’s title.
If you’re not able to catch “Jews and Feathers” tonight, the New-York Historical Society (the hyphen is correct) has two great photography exhibits that will be on view through July 12. The 100 photographs in Harlem 1970-2009: Photographs by Camilo JosÃ© Vergara provide a fascinating time-lapse look at various locations in that neighborhood. You can see a block progress from ruined buildings to empty lots to new apartment complexes. The other exhibit, Landmarks of New York, was curated by my personal friend, the gorgeous Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel. The 83 spectacular photographs of New York include one of the Flatiron Building at 23rd Street, between 5th Avenue and Broadway.
After the building was completed in 1902, rumor spread that a downdraft created by the triangular shape of the Flatiron blew up women’s skirts to reveal their ankles. Scandal! Supposedly, the phrase “23 skiddoo” came from cops shooing away gawkers from the area. After seeing the exhibit last night, I wanted to run down to the Flatiron Building to take a skirt-blowing picture, but I settled for standing over a subway grate a la Marilyn Monroe.
I know I just complained about my aging wardrobe, but I must admit that my “undone bow-tie dress” by Francis by Christian Francis Roth is brand new. You can get one of your own at Nordstrom.com. The silver, wood and blue topaz bangle that I’m wearing is one of my own new designs. But you can’t buy my bow shoes by Marc Jacobs anymore. How old are they? So old that Marc was still chubby when he had someone else design them!