Journal des Dames et des Modes, Le

One of the most important French fashion periodicals from the early 20th century, and now highly collectible. Writers such as Jean Cocteau were often featured in its pages. Published between 1912 and 1914, each issue contained unbound art deco-style fashion illustrations by artists including Georges Barbier.

Jimmy 58

French shoe factory. Established in 1936 in Marseilles. The designs were extremely classic up until 1960, when fashion was already blowing an innovative and rebellious wind and Marie-Rose Sinanian took over the management of the family business. All of a sudden, they were overthrown by fantasy and eccentricity with a unisex heel. The only thing that resisted the change, which attracted a new, trendy clientele, was the artisan perfection of the manufacturing.


Olivier (1971). Designer of shoes and sandals for Ines de la Fressange, Myma, Holland & Holland, Kookai, and Maud Frizon. Designer and model-maker, Jault is capable of designing but also of manufacturing a shoe from heel to upper. He studied at the Institute Duperré, and then completed an apprenticeship at Charls Kammer. After which he went to the Bureau-de-Style Oascal Mai and, later, to design shoes for Givenchy, under the eye of Monsieur Hubert, and also for Yves Saint-Laurent.


Betsey (1942). American designer of clothing for disco music. Born in Connecticut, she studied at Pratt Institute of Brooklyn and in 1964 she graduated with the best grades from Syracuse University. Her creativity earned her a collaboration as guest editor with the magazine Mademoiselle, where she was contacted by Paul Young, in search of new talent to launch his boutique chain Paraphernalia. In 1969 she opened her own showroom in the Upper East Side in Manhattan. She called it Betsey Bunki and Nini. During the 1970s-80s she collaborated with various American ready-to-wear brand, including Alley Cat. It was through these experiences that she developed an eccentric, young, humorous, and sexy style, mixing vinyl and sequins. It was essentially a disco fashion, influenced, according to Johnson herself, by her dancing studies. In 1979 she finally made her debut with her own label.
&Quad;After the launch of the Betsey Johnson Label, the designer opened a series of stores in the USA, including one in New York in Soho. Anticipating the trend that would transform the street in the core of shopping, a store was opened in Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles. In 1998 a store was opened in London. The following year, another store opened in Vancouver, Canada.
&Quad;2002. On the occasion of her 60th birthday, the designer presented the models of her Spring Collections in her house in East Hampton.
&Quad;2003. The designer joined the Fashion Walk of Fame in New York. She was honored for her contribution to American fashion. An original sketch of hers and a short biography are placed in the pavement of Seventh Avenue, covered by a bronze and granite plate with her name.
&Quad;2003. There are more than 40 stores in the world and more than 1,000 specialty stores in the USA and in Europe.

Julian & Sophie

Brand of young fashion, ready-to-wear, and casualwear. Founded by the designers Julian MacDonald and Sophie Cheung, also life partners. Julian made his debut in September 1998, sending out invitations to the press and sector’s operators for his London show, which was never to take place, about his clothing line Nothing Nothing. After the diffusion of another fake invitation card in February 1999, the first real show took place with the Spring Collection 2000. For the Autumn-Winter 2000, the two presented their creations during London Fashion Week, winning the BFC New Generation Award. The brand also won the prize reserved for young talent in English fashion in the following year. From that moment on, Nothing Nothing exhibited six times during London Fashion Week, and 14 times worldwide from Hong Kong to Iceland. They also revived interest with their Autumn-Winter 2002 and Spring-Summer 2003 Collections. Their clothes, inspired by interior decor patterns, Julian’s complicated cuts, and the abstract drawings of Sophie’s embroideries stirred further interest. On February 14, 2003, another sensational event took place. Rejecting the invitation to present their models on the runway, the two designers locked themselves in a room at the Great Eastern Hotel in London and, imitating John Lennon and Yoko Ono, spent three days in bed to protest against the war in Iraq.


English clothing brand. Established around 1880 by Lewin Tomalin, with clothes that were manufactured following a method proposed by the German doctor Gustav Jaeger. He generally considered animal fibers, particularly wool, to be ideal for human clothing. Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw were among his clients. Since the 1930s, the brand has produced a knitwear and clothing line in high quality natural fibers for men and women.