June 30, 2010 |
Blessed with enchanting visuals and blighted with clunky dialogue, The Last Airbender is stunning in at least two senses of the word. M. Night Shyamalan's mash-up of Star Wars and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon unfolds in a mythical world out of balance. In this epic allegory adapted from Nickelodeon's animated series, for 100 years the Earth, Air, and Water nations have been decimated by armies of the Fire nation. (Think: a cosmic version of rock/paper/scissors.
February 5, 2006 |
It's less than three weeks until Fall Fashion Week 2006, and Diane von Furstenberg designer Alexandra DeYonge is still making the final cuts for the show. Does the grouping have the right mix of solids and prints? Are the blouses sufficiently ruffled? Are the slacks paired with the right jacket? And most important, which of the jersey knit wrap dresses - von Furstenberg's signature item - should lead this afternoon's show? This week, top designers will gather once again in Bryant Park's heated tents to present their ready-to-wear collections.
September 29, 1993 |
Although "The Quaker Tapestry" exhibit at Swarthmore College consists of separate embroidered panels, they are connected by a common thread that weaves together the themes of Quaker history, Quaker ideals and Quaker life. The tapestry project was started in England in 1981 by Anne Wynn-Wilson of the London Yearly Meeting. Of the 77 panels already completed in the British work, 24 are on display in the McCabe Library at the college. Each of the 25- by-21-inch panels was researched, designed and embroidered by members of Friends Meetings in 10 countries.
May 8, 2016 |
Dom Streater, a Philadelphia-based women's wear designer, was crowned the winner of Lifetime network's Project Runway All Stars Thursday night. Streater - who won Project Runway season 12 back in 2013 - impressed celebrity judges with an eight-look collection inspired by the hustle and bustle of New York city. The dazzling line of sportswear was infused with a few dressy chic touches and included one men's look. Streater, known for her electric prints, made all of the textiles.
March 19, 1989 |
In her own way, Tania Diakiw O'Neill is an archaeologist, uncovering artifacts and stockpiling them at home for study. For years she has drawn pleasure from the task of analyzing every detail of each find, taking note of the minute differences among the specimens. Over the years, O'Neill has acquired an extensive collection of her special antiques, which, luckily for her family, are not as cumbersome as dinosaur fossils or ancient Greek sculptures. Actually, the Philadelphia woman's interests lie in unraveling the art of Ukrainian embroidery.
March 19, 1989 |
Thirteen members of the Bucks County Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America took part earlier this month in an embroidery workshop at the Woodriver Retirement Village. Carol List of Madison, N.J., gave instruction during the six-hour workshop. The guild members learned how to convert the various shapes and surface patterns of the scallop and spiral shells into a three-dimensional needlepoint design. Working on canvas-covered frames attached to wooden stands, the guild members took their designs from a booklet of shell patterns.
November 10, 1999 |
District Attorney Lynne Abraham yesterday told a modern-day tale of rags to riches. The riches were said to have been garnered by eight suspects who allegedly ran a multimillion-dollar counterfeit clothing manufacturing ring in Philadelphia. The rags - cheap forgeries of top-name designer clothes and professional sportswear - were deep-discounted to customers for at least four years before cops shut down the estimated $2 million-a-year operation this summer. Standing near several tables covered with counterfeit Calvins, knock-off Nikes and fake FUBUs, Abraham announced the arrests that resulted from a lengthy joint probe by police and her office.
July 9, 2016
Treasures from India Can't swing a vacation this summer? Take a trip to India by way of Rittenhouse Square at Greetings from Kolkata, India. The Philadelphia Art Alliance hosts an exhibition and sale of art by the Crafts Council of West Bengal, a nonprofit organization that works with the craftspeople of Eastern India to promote their work. Expect varying media, from embroidery (including kantha, the quilt stitch of Bengal), scarves, saris, masks, instruments, and jewelry. There will also be three different craftspeople on-site showing off their incredible skill, including a potter, an embroiderer, and a jeweler who works in copper and silver.
July 14, 2016 |
A man who claimed that he told Joe Paterno in 1976 that Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused him in a Pennsylvania State University locker room shower testified under oath that the iconic head coach brushed off his complaint, saying he had "a football season to worry about," according to newly unsealed court records. The allegation from the man identified as John Doe 150 was included in a trove of previously confidential filings made public Tuesday. Together, they suggest that Paterno or members of his staff may have known, but did nothing, about Sandusky's sexual assaults decades before the assistant coach drew law enforcement scrutiny.
June 2, 1988 |
History may remember Harry S. Truman as the president who ordered the atomic bombing of Japan, the president who fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur, or the one who followed Franklin D. Roosevelt. But to Stella Crispino, he will always be the president who turned the eagle's head. In the great scheme of things, President Truman's change in the design of the presidential flag may not amount to much. But such minutiae is the stuff of painstaking work for Crispino and 14 other women at a 47-year-old federal factory in South Philadelphia.