The physical is the geography of the being. Louise Nevelson

Cecil Beaton, Louise Nevelson

Cecil Beaton, Louise Nevelson

Most women, as they age, cling tenaciously to a few well-honed looks. Nevelson made old age the stage for a fashion revolution. Gradually, her full-blown style emerged, an immense collage whose elements were subject to miraculous transformations–the head scarves and multiple pairs of false eyelashes, the ethnographic jewels and enormous furs, the couture garments layered under and over peasant clothing. Leslie Camhi, “Designed for Living,” New York Times Magazine

Robert Mapplethorpe, Louise Nevelson

Robert Mapplethorpe, Louise Nevelson

I feel the clothes that I have worn all my life have been freedom, a stamp of freedom—because I’ve never conformed to what is being worn…I don’t feel dressed without my eyelashes.  I don’t wear one pair..I glue several pairs together and then I put them on.  I like it and it’s dramatic, so why not?  Jean Lipman, Nevelson’s World. 

 
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