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{STYLE-WISE} Do it Right! Vintage Dress the Part – Kurt Cobain’s “Heart Shaped Box”

She eyes me like a Pisces when I am weak . . . 

This past September marked the 20th Anniversary of Nirvana’s stellar, and ultimately last, music video “Heart Shaped Box”. Directed by Anton Corbijn, the video is a surreal and disturbing vision of death and disease. It is a colourful combination of the familiar and the insane which make this video a great one.

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  • KURT COBAIN: “Actually, “Heart-Shaped Box’ might’ve been one of my pieces of poems. I know a lot of the words to that song are from poems. It’s just another of those songs that are pretty much wordplay. I didn’t have any specific idea.”

  • Melody Maker: So they’re not intended to mean anything?

  • KURT COBAIN: “No. And the pieces of poetry are taken from poems that don’t usually have meaning in the first place. They were cut-ups themselves. And often I’ll have to obscure the pieces I take to make them fit in the song, so they’re not even true pieces of poem. But this is the first record where I’ve written at least a couple of songs thematically. Scentless Apprentice’ is one, and ‘Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle’ is about her, (Frances Farmer) about the way she was exploited in her life.”

  • So there ya have it kids. I know Courtney wants the world to think “Heart Shaped Box” was about her vag but according to Kurt Cobain, it wasn’t.

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Not only are the visuals striking (same goes to the enchanting lyrics), so is the fashion, which represents the epitome of Grunge style at its most wild and excessive.

While we often think of Kurt Cobain in his signature wooly cardigans, and almost Grandpa gone bad style; here Cobain has embraced his rockstar qualities and ventures to a more glam version of the Grunge style that even veers into the world of high fashion.

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His iconic metallic silver button down shirt he wears throughout the video (overtop a signature Cobain black and white stripe shirt) was in fact provided by the equally iconic Jean Paul Gaultier, who dressed the band for the video. Gaultier was at the height of his unique take of Grunge style that was overtaking the industry throughout the late 80s and early 90s, so this combination of the two (Gaultier & Cobain) is nothing except magical.

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Since this tidbit had been revealed to us during the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit a few years ago in Montreal, the idea of this sort of piece has been branded in our memory as a must-have stand out piece for our closet. It took many years, but we found one, and every time it is adorned within an outfit it is a bonafide hit.

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We thought we might never find another one, but alas, our luck has been on high as of late, and we found perhaps even a better representation of this high fashion glam grunge ideal of a metallic silver foil shirt in a remarkable piece by Marc Alan that is straight out of the period and looking for a new home!

Check it out, and maybe it’s for you. The right one will come along. They always do . . .

MEASUREMENTS

PIT TO PIT: 21″
LENGTH: 26″
SHOULDER TO SLEEVE: 31″

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Our New Shop on James Street North!

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For all you folks who might not be able to check out the excitement in the near future, here’s a glimpse of what we have in store our new store!

Of course, we’ve kept it true to our focus on cool vintage menswear, and our signature ladies collection, but we were also able to display our collection of housewares, books, VHS, accessories, art, and some of our archive of vintage photographs that truly showcase the metamorphosis of all things {PAST}, {PRESENT}, and {FUTURE}.

We are so excited to join the community here on James St. North District!

Enjoy, and thanks to Hawk & Sparrow, and everyone for all the support, and all those who helped make this all possible. And of course, a special thanks to our timeless emblem and mascot – The Eye of Faith for always keeping us on track to our destinies.

3 Years in the making, and it’s all happening . . .

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So if you’re in the area of historic Hamilton, Ontario be sure to visit us DOWNSTAIRS of 126 JAMES STREET N      (Hawk & Sparrow) from 12p – 6p TUESDAYS through SATURDAYS

See you there!

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The Mysterious Case of the Handsome Time Travelling Hipster Dude . . .

Can you spot the fashion time traveler in this photograph taken in 1941 at the re-opening of the South Forks Bridge in Gold Bridge, British Columbia?

You wouldn’t be the only who spotted the tall dude on the right sporting an edgy pair of shades, and some sort of graphic-T. In fact, the debate is still on as to whether we have a real life time traveler, sophisticated photo manipulation, or just pure fashion forward realness!

The photo was part of the Official Virtual Museum of Canada, which showcases and exhibits thousands of photographs of everyday life throughout the history of Canada. Featured in the exhibit Their Past Lives Here, the photograph has rallied millions of believers, and was featured as a case study in viral Internet phenomenon at the Museums and the Web 2011 conference.

Further research has confirmed the gentleman’s “graphic T” as a sweater with a sewn-on emblem worn in sports, and the “futuristic” sun glasses would actually be seen only several years later on Barbara Stanwyck in the iconic film-noir – Double Indemnity.

Seems like the town’s quarterback maybe jumped practice to check out the new bridge. It says a lot that this gentleman has become such a phenomenon, really. Whether time traveling or not, either way you look at it, the Time Traveler really goes to show the power of style on our perception.

Time is but a rigid system of organization, and really doesn’t condemn a time period to a strict set of rules as most Costume and Clothing History likes to dictate. Whether 1941 or 2012, the Time Traveler in this photo has stood out so much for his unique one-of-a-kind sensibility and ability to stand out in a crowd. The mainstream moves in one direction, but there will always be individuals doing it their own way.

Here at The Eye of Faith we’re always looking to the past and searching  all over for great vintage finds. The power of style is that it is absolutely timeless, so whenever we feel like going back in time we can dress the part.

You can too! Be your own Fashion Time Traveler, and don’t let your perception of time hold you down. Everyone loves a good story, and who knows, maybe in 70 years you will be going viral too!

Let’s transcend time!

Know of any other fashion time travellers?

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Unusual 1950s Vintage Snapshot Photograph of Well-Dressed Teenage Boy with Leather Varsity Jacket in Magic Mystery Moment

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What more can be said? It truly seems like this boy is taking part in some sort of magical mystery moment; hands to the sky, as if to catch something we can’t quite see. Praising the sky. . .

This one is about the effortless nature of classic dress, and how those perfect touches (like the tie, or the stripe details on the jacket) take a look to the next level, allowing you to achieve the true spirit you were meant to portray.

Take a closer look:

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Definitely some inspiration somewhere in there. I love the strange setting also. Where is this boy? And, who is he with? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

I wonder where that winding road would take us. . . . If only somehow you could embark on a journey inside these photographs. Now, that would be exciting!

This one-of-a-kind snapshot photograph is part of our collection over at the {SHOP} and we’re looking to share it with the world, so click here for your chance to own not only a work of art, but a magical mystery moment.

Well, until we meet again!

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E.O.F. Weather Report {Winter 2013/14}

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What we’re working with this winter . . .

So, the weather report is in, and things look grim. Not only because the weather is near infuriatingly cold, but also because black is back. With a vengeance. Then again, when is black not a thing.

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Stuff like that kind of bothers me, because season after season you have to hear the reiterations of what’s in and what’s not (boho, metallics, white, nautical, army)…it all comes around. It all ends up being the same. I don’t believe in these rules, and instead choose to pick an inspiration as it fancies me in the morning.

Lucky enough for me, my penchant for black lately matches up perfectly with what’s in vogue, and twenty years from now, it would still.

Now don’t go on thinking that Canada is always awash in snow and always cold. In fact, we had a very mild Fall, and just the other week it still felt like Spring. But it seems like the Gods of Winter have begun to swell, and are very quickly taking over the lands, so when it comes to getting dressed to impress, we must always remember taking care of numero uno.

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{Rings and things make an outfit look right. Hats keep the ears warm.}

Goal is not to be cold. So I usually always make sure to wear a hat. Most often a toque (even though my hair has gotten lustrously long and I wish I could show it off more :-p).

I also always carry with me a pair of gloves; usually leather, and lined in fur if you can find them. Leather gives off a chic but tough vibe, and also doubles as protection from harm (as strangers will be more prone to think you could be a potential attacker). [here’s an idea]

Above all, the main piece that brings it all together is the coat. You need a coat that is warm, but you never have to compromise on style. I like to stick to leather, as I find it the perfect barrier to the cold winds and the wetness that usually results in winter. I have two main go-tos. One is a long leather hooded trench, and the other is a vintage 1980s number that is more of a bomber style with a detachable wool collar. Either/or give me the feeling of bad-assness that is essential to keeping up my spirit in this wild weather.

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{At the Hawk & Sparrow Flea}

I never shy away from bright colours, and most recently have been obsessed with finding things metallic. My favourite being, a liquidy silver number that reminds me of Kurt Cobain’s Jean-Paul Gaultier look he sports in his “Heart-Shaped Box” video.

You can also work it out with accessories. I enjoy rings and things.

But, whatever the weather one must always feel at ease

with his or her own true spirit. The one that

wakes up in the morning with you.

Mine just so happens to

yearn to be

bad

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{Tempora Mutanur Et Nos Mutamur In Illis} ++The Times Are Changing, and We Change in Them++

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That’s all you can do.

As the tide rolls, you must roll with it. . .

So with that, we drifted with the tide to Hamilton, Ontario where we will continue catering to your {past}, {present}, and {future} needs, but with some new surroundings.

Hamilton is a historical city with a burgeoning art community, so we couldn’t be more excited to call this place home. Looking forward to meeting lots of cool, creative, and interesting people, and also for what treasures we might find while living here!

Speaking of which, you might want to see what treasures WE have in store this month, and to help inaugurate us onto the scene, we will be taking part in The Hawk & Sparrow Flea on December 1st at Hawk & Sparrow on 126 James Street North. 

We will be there from 10AM- 6PM with a selection of fine vintage menswear, womenswear, LPs, books, vintage photographs, magazines, and decor to help make your life that much more beautiful and intriguing. 

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So, come and join us!

Things will be on for great deals + tons of stuff we don’t have featured in the {SHOP}!!!

The holidays are right around the corner, so what better than to shop for gifts whilst also finding treasures.

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Sunday Matinee Wrestling at Lula Lounge with Victory Commonwealth Wrestling

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Wrestling is one of those things that have been with us since the dawn of time. For aeons man has taken to the ring to show who’s boss! Whether Mayan pyramid or Roman Coliseum, wrestling is one of those infinite aspects of human nature and society, itself.

Victory Commonwealth Wrestling presents a Sunday Matinee on August 25th of classic wrestling glory at Lula Lounge at 1585 Dundas Street West in Toronto. Doors open at 3:15 and the show will begin at 3:45, so don’t miss out on a great show featuring Gabriel Soul, Revelation, and an epic match between Buck Gunderson and The Butcher with our dear friend Mysterion.

Don’t miss out on one wicked afternoon. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased at Sonic Boom (782 Bathurst St ) and Eyesore Cinema (801 Queen West).

Check out these photos by The Garden of Earthly Delight‘s Chris Hutcheson who took some amazing photographs of the show. Browse through some here, and check out more on his site.

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E.O.F. SNAPSHOT OF THE DAY {JULY 26, 2013}

520EPeabody_snakes1_1949{T.G.I.F.!  We’re whippin’ out our Snakes and let’s have a little fun!! Everybody now!}

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God is in the Details: Revealing the Early Renaissance @AGOToronto

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Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art (March 16 – June 16, 2013)

ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO (317 Dundas Street West)

$25 adult admission (includes admission to the rest of the gallery)

When thinking of the Renaissance, one might automatically conjure up images of Da Vinci, his Vetruvian man, and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. It is a period in history renowned for its surge of creativity, knowledge, and innovation in areas of art, literature, music, architecture, and science.

It is a period that is also become more and more in vogue due to its resurgence in popular culture with T.V. shows like “The Tudors”, “The Borgias”, and the upcoming “Da Vinci’s Demons”, all putting their spin to this exciting and important moment in history.

But, what is rarely captured is the true birth of this period, and the movers and shakers who brought it all to life.

Perhaps its the fact that most art historians do not even know the names of most of the incredible artisans who painstakingly brought the churches of Florence to life with incredibly illuminated manuscripts, carvings, stained glass windows, and beautifully detailed panel paintings, between the years 1300 and 1350, that truly did start it all.

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This is what Sasha Suda and the curators of the Art Gallery of Ontario‘s latest exhibition, “Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art“, aim to bring to the forefront, allowing visitors to explore the lost masterworks that truly sparked a revolution, and would change the face of history forever.

In partnership with the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the curators have painstakingly worked on this exhibition for the past 10 years, travelling far and wide to analyze and bring overseas for the first time some of the most elaborate examples of work from this period that define the breaking point from the flatness of Medieval art to a more expressive and “humanized” perspective that has come to characterize the Renaissance.

Many of these pieces have been shut away from the public for centuries, making this one of the most impressive exhibits the AGO has ever premiered, and one that is sure to capture the imagination of all those lucky enough to visit.

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Curator Sasha Suda talks art with Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Culture, Tourism, & Sport.  

One might, at first, be intimidated by the prestige of such an exhibit, but fear not, as this portal on the past is as much a reflection of our present day, as it is the 14th Century.

Whether or not you know a great deal about Renaissance art, the exhibition is packed full of information, from the audio guide, to the i-pads strategically placed amongst the exhibition to give you the full backstory on some of the exhibition’s most intriguing pieces. The curators have created an easy to understand story, that truly captures all the excitement and mystery of the artists and the works they created amidst the social context of Florence during this period.

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God is in the Details . . .

As you first step into the gallery, it may not immediately strike you how these works differ from the Medieval illustrations and paintings you are used to, but upon closer examination, you will find how rich, textured, and full of emotion each piece truly is.

They are not works of art to be admired from afar, but works that deserve an acute eye, and a willingness to get lost in the stories being told within them.

There is a certain excitement generated as you begin to see the layers of colour, and painstakingly small brush strokes that capture the most miniscule details of hair and embroidery. While our culture might be used to multiple images rapidly flashing before our eyes (surely a luxury akin to witchcraft for the men and women of the Renaissance), one must note that the multi-faceted panels and illuminated manuscripts are akin to the cinema of the Renaissance, with all the drama, suspense, horror, and spectacle you could expect from a film of today, with even a bit of special effects here and there.

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An exquisite panel painting. Blood, gore, and devotion. The piece reads almost like an expensive 14th Century comic . . .

It”s all for devotion sake, of course; used to invoke prayer, meditation, deep-thought, or contemplation. There’s definitely that sense of entertainment in the midst, often showcasing the more brutal and tumultuous moments of martyrs and Christ: Agatha with her breasts being cut off, another martyr is grilled on coals in ecstasy, and check out any crucified Christ in the mix and you’re bound to see more than your year’s worth of blood squirt (the most impressive, hands down, being Pacino Di Bonaguido’s “The Crucifixion” from 1315-1320, whose flowing blood rains on the spectators of the scene, as well as a juicy squirt from the chest for the viewer).

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Pacino De Bonaguida’s “The Crucifixion” and Detail of (1315-1320)

And while, we might cringe at the sight of this, its patrons felt the bloodshed and pain was the human aspect of their faith, and that one day perhaps, they may themselves reach divination, as did their faithful predecessors.

Getting lost in each piece, you begin to see that this society was obsessed with their idols, and their chance to be a part of them was as easy as getting a master to paint them into a panel or manuscript. In essence, it equated a wealthy merchant to the status of celebrity, having made his way onto the pages alongside the kingdom of heaven complete with Christ, the Virgin, and all the many martyrs who gave their life to the dedication of their fate.

The most entertaining example of this is the Laudario of Sant’Agnesse; an illuminated choir book commissioned by the Compagnia di Sant’Agnese, a fraternity of merchants, for use in charitable events and prayer, and who are also illustrated along the margins of the music. This remarkable collection of 24 illustrated manuscripts have been framed and reunited for the first time since the early 1800s, and will be performed by musical guests Lionheart on April 6 in the Walker Court of the AGO (click for more details).

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Detail of “A Crowned Virgin Martyr {Catherine of Alexandria}” (1334 – 1338) by Bernardo Daddi. 

It is amazing to think that at one time, masters like Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Michelangelo must have set their gaze on these exact works to hone their own craft, and garner inspiration to create the masterpieces of the Renaissance we marvel at today. For when staring at the suggestive expression of Bernardo Daddi’s “A Crowned Virgin Martyr” (1334-1338), a glimpse of Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”  with her mysterious stare, and face full of subtle shadows that delicately sculpt her face, can definitely be seen,  which make the exhibition all the more exciting, and relevant.

In many ways, the exhibition brings to light that not much has changed in the world of art and commerce; citing the importance of banking and the prosperous merchant class to the creation of these vital works of art. Being so wealthy, members of the merchant class became so concerned that they may not  reach heaven, that they began spending their fortunes on commissioning buildings, and filling them with new art that expressed their hopes, fears, ideals, and emotions.

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With prosperity, comes art – and not much has changed today, as many of the world’s most successful artists rely on wealthy investors and corporate big wigs to the cut the cheque on a commission. Perhaps they no longer fear purgatory for their sins, but they are most definitely keeping their fingers crossed that their commission could strike them big dollars, and in that way, achieve idol status, and a bit of heaven.

The exhibition has already been lauded by the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times as one of the most important exhibitions in recent years, so don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel through time, and take in 90 once-hidden masterworks that came to redefine life as we know it today.

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All the Agony & The Ecstacy . . .

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Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art” opens at the AGO on March 16 and runs until June 16, 2013. To book your tickets today, click here!

Also be sure to check out the event schedule at the AGO for exciting insights inspired by this latest exhibit (Click here).

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Matthew Teitelbaum (CEO at the AGO), Sasha Suda (Assistant Curator of European art at the AGO), and Michael Chan (Ontario Minister of Culture, Tourism, & Sport) – March 12, 2013. 

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Ghost Hole IV: Island Edition!

It’s ba-aaack!

What do haunted school houses, Toronto island, and art have in common? Well for starters, this year’s 4th Annual GHOST HOLE is making its way to the historical ArtScape Gibraltar’s Point Public School for a night of necromancing through the powers of art!

{The Old School House before it burnt down in 1888}

This will be the first ever Halloween event happening at the site, which boasts an impressive haunted history. Visitors of the old school have cited strange feelings and occurrences in the building which was rebuilt in 1909 after a fire burnt down the original school in 1888.

There are over 30+ exhibiting artists and over six musical performances scheduled for this
one-day only event .

GHOST HOLE IV takes place on Saturday October 27th from 2pm to midnight. Rain or shine.

12$ tickets on sale now at Soundscapes, 572 College St. All proceeds from event go to funding participating artists and supporting local
not-for-profit arts organizations.

{The rebuilt School House at Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island}

We will be there, and if you have are in town, love the unknown, and have a taste for great art you will bet here too.

Looking especially forward to a psychomanteum designed by artist, Morris Fox.

These rooms are specifically designed for communication with the spirit realm through the use of mirrors. This technique of seeking mirrored surfaces to open portals to other dimensions has been used since the Ancients.

Artists have also been revered in the past as  gifts from the Gods for their supernatural talent, and what better use of this psychic tendency than to help the invocation of the lost wandering souls holding on to the memories had within the school’s walls.

Hope we don’t see anything too scary – then again, we hope we do!

For more information visit the official GHOST HOLE IV site or contact event
curator Vanessa Rieger at vanessarieger1984@gmail.com.

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