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 The Maison Champs Elysées designed by Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela has captured a very particular following. The conceptual approach to fashion that won the unique Belgian designer many accolades and a staunch base of supporters Continue reading


The Dallas Museum of Art has just added fashion to its impeccable repertoire of world-class exhibitions. The exhibition, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, is the first ever exhibition at the prestigious museum devoted to entirely to fashion. It is also the debut of this substantial retrospective in the USA.

Jean Paul Gaultier’s costume designs for a 2008 ballet by Angelin Preljocaj

Consisting of some 130 silhouettes by Jean Paul Gaultier spanning his full career to date Continue reading

Paris, Texas

Billie Ray Martin
No one who hears Billie Ray Martin’s smoky, commanding voice in full flight is unaffected, unimpressed or fails to enjoy the experience. Hers is a voice that harks back to the great divas of the 1960’s and early 1970’s; Dusty, Aretha and even a bit of Shirley Bassey. That Billie’s vocal métier has a similar style is not entirely a coincidence. She has readily acknowledged this. She grew up in Hamburg, near to its notorious vibrant and shady Reperbahn, a place where talent could shine in a particularly German form of glam and, hopefully, escape to fame and fortune. Thus, the images of such glamorous women with big voices and equally big personalities were a strong influence at the time she was really starting to understand that she had been blessed with a unique voice.

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