Paper, rock, scissors, art

STYLE FILE

November 01, 1998|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,SUN FASHION EDITOR

A friend of Allison Dickinson recently came into her new gallery, Paper-Rock-Scissors, looked around and said: "This says exactly who you are, and it's all about expression."

Dickinson (right), an interior designer, is certainly expressive -- whether she's talking about the knit boas by Ruxton artist Mary Miller that she carries, Cherna Bednarsh's funky fleece hats or Julie Dove's beaded necklaces.

The walls of her Hampden gallery are covered with paintings, wire sculptures and more, but there's also plenty of wearable art, including jewelry, handbags, ties and accessories.

More than 60 local and regional artists are represented in the space, and Dickinson, a co-founder of the now-defunct Coop, an artists' cooperative in Butler, strives to keep art affordable.

For children, there are flounced reversible skirts that range from $24 to $28. Adults can treat themselves to an imaginative necklace of found objects -- including radiator keys, faucet tops and teapot legs -- by Ellicott City artist Nancy Pascale. (Pieces range from $60 to $100.)

The store is located at 1111 W. 36th St. Hours are Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Call 410-235-4420.

Lunch and lecture

Among fashion cognoscenti, Richard Martin, curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is known as an articulate, engaging voice for fashion's past, present and future.

To help celebrate "The History of Fashion," which is the theme of this year's Maryland Antiques Show, Martin will present a luncheon lecture Friday at 11 a.m. at the Maryland Historical Society. His presentation is likely to incorporate insights from the more than 30 books he's written. The cost is $50, and lunch is included.

For more information, call 410-685-3750, Ext 321.

The world of fashion is well-represented in Vanity Fair's list of the country's 200 most influential women. They include:

* Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, who "understands the subtle powers of style."

* Helen Gurley Brown, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan's international editions. "She created a magazine that was among the first to acknowledge that women were actually sexual."

* Estee Lauder, "the reigning monarch of makeup."

* Jeanne Jackson, president and chief executive officer of Banana Republic. "Today it's almost impossible to walk down the street without going Banana."

* Designer Carolina Herrera, "the epitome of classic elegance."

(Maryland's own Barbara Mikulski made the list for her senatorial smarts.)

Planet Avon

Avon is going global with Women of Earth, a new line of cosmetics and accessories inspired by women's diversity and common bonds.

First to make its debut is a fragrance that brings together international influences -- Italian bergamot, French apple blossom and Persian peach. It's available as an eau de parfum or creme-to-powder perfume that turns into a sheer powder on the skin. (The company says you can "reactivate" by gently rubbing the scented area up to eight hours after applying.)

Through this month, Avon is also featuring 26 lipstick shades bTC selected by magazine beauty editors from around the world. Among them: Indonesia's Cherry Wine, "fruits blending and mixed in a glass of wine"; India's Malabar Mocha, "warm roasted South Indian coffee laced with creamy milk"; and Malaysia's Nona, "a red mix that depicts a woman's courage."

Look for bath products and jewelry in the future. Call 800-FOR-AVON.

Pub Date: 11/01/98

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