At home with monsters: Guillermo Del Toro at the LACMA

In the midst of all the other billion museum posts, I run off to LA for a long weekend and visit yet another museum! I had to visit this Guillermo Del Toro exhibit, which proved to be the deliciously dark exhibit it promises! If you happen to find youself in the LA area, I would highly recommend visiting before it’s gone. GdT is an artist with a fantastic eye for the realm of film – so the exhibit was a beautiful blend of pieces from his movies, but also art that inspired it.

It was one of the more perfectly curated exhibits I had ever seen in my life! The pictures I took and share here, do the whole thing no justice – as I mostly only photographed the clothing and a few art pieces. But there was so much to see by so  many different artists! All things bugs, steampunk, goth, horror, spooky, macabre, ghouls, torture, fear, nightmares, morbid, but with a twist of humor thrown in.

LACMA Guillermo Del Toro

LACMA Guillermo Del Toro

LACMA Guillermo Del Toro

LACMA Guillermo Del Toro

LACMA Guillermo Del Toro

LACMA Guillermo Del Toro

LACMA Guillermo Del Toro

LACMA Guillermo Del Toro

Ay Caramba

I had become a bit obsessed with the weirdest thing a few months ago. I got it into my head that I NEEDED to find a vintage Simpsons sweatshirt. Don’t ask me why, I can’t even remember why. And the problem was that it was hard to find. Mostly because I’m neurotic about buying things online you cannot try on (and return easily.) Half the time, the sweatshirts were too big – mostly because they were for men. Or they were really expensive – because they were rare and funny. Sometimes they were just too worn or weird (aka dingy) looking – not what I was going for…I ended up jumping for something I thought was cute. It did end up a tad bit too small for me (okay, really small.) It fits more like a top than a sweater, but with our mild San Francisco summers, it works.

It’s hard to read what Bart is saying, but it’s the famous “Jingle bells, Batman smells…” line! I’m actually shocked to realize I haven’t shown this skirt more here on the blog – I practically lived in it last year!

Item From Made in… BUY
vintage Bart Simpson sweater ebay.com USA
See by Chloe skirt thrifted Italy
Vince flats gift from sister Italy HERE

Thrift Eye, style blogger, vintage Simpsons sweater, Bart Simpson sweatshirt, San Francisco style

Thrift Eye, style blogger, vintage Simpsons sweater, Bart Simpson sweatshirt, San Francisco style

Thrift Eye, style blogger, vintage Simpsons sweater, Bart Simpson sweatshirt, San Francisco style

Yin and Yang

I love a balanced outfit – whether it’s through the colors, proportions, fabrics, etc. I feel good when an outfit just seems to balance itself out. And this is exactly how I felt about this particular outfit. I love the proportions, contrasts AND compliments of the black and white, but also the polka dots! Wearing the black tights with the black boots make my legs look so much longer too.

*I will also mention that a few years ago, I pledged to only buy new clothing if it was made in the USA. See original post HERE. And I have to be consciously clear that the top I am wearing in this post is the first piece of new clothing I have purchased that was not made in the USA since that pledge was made. Why? I’m a hard sucker for artist Yayoi Kusama and it was a collaboration with her. Do I feel great about it? No…but I will continue with this challenge. I will also add that this was my first and only new non-USA made purchase of clothing in 3 years! Every other piece of clothing was either second-hand or made in USA when new! My next step is to only purchase shoes made in non-Asian countries, wish me luck.

Item From Made in… BUY
Yayoi Kusama tee Uniqlo.com China HERE
Diane von Furstenberg skirt thrifted missing tag HERE
Spanx tights Nordstrom.com USA HERE
Loeffler Randall boots Crossroads Trading Brazil Similar

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, black and white outfit, Yayoi Kusama tshirt, Yayoi Kusama Uniqlo, Diane von Furstenberg wrap skirt, Loeffler Randall Nanette boots

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, black and white outfit, Yayoi Kusama tshirt, Yayoi Kusama Uniqlo, Diane von Furstenberg wrap skirt, Loeffler Randall Nanette boots

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, black and white outfit, Yayoi Kusama tshirt, Yayoi Kusama Uniqlo, Diane von Furstenberg wrap skirt, Loeffler Randall Nanette boots

Uniformity: Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Back in NYC one more time, to share a little bit of this interesting free fashion museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) called Uniformity. I’ve never been a fan of uniforms, maybe because I enjoy the freedom of expression fashion allows. This exhibit focuses solely on the fashion created through uniforms! It was quite interesting to realize how prevalent uniforms actually are. From distinguishing teams, jobs, schools, rankings, affiliations, etc. there are SO many reasons to wear uniforms.

And then uniforms bleed into the fashion world – because when you really start paying attention, you will see nods to uniforms on the modern runway! One of the exhibits was a side by side comparison of a vintage Chanel suit and a military suit, it was difficult to tell the difference between the two. It kind of blew my mind! I hope you enjoy these pictures.

A military print turns high fashion
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

A old timey sailing inspired uniform next to what I think was an Oscar de la Renta dress, which included a fancy silk bow!
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Aforementioned military uniform with Chanel suit
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Two army jackets become fashionable when worn with other pieces.
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

A modern Moschino runway piece and a 1970’s McDonalds employee uniform, interesting juxtaposition huh!
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

A dapper vintage child’s suit with a Thom Browne suit
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

This Japanese school uniform stands next to a vintage Rudi Gernreich vintage piece.
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

It was so cool to see the 1920’s football uniform (seen in the middle) next to a 1960’s vintage uniform inspired sequin dress (on left) and a strange uniform/tropical/grunge outfit (on right) all together from similar influences.
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

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