May 10, 2013
Violinist Ellen Pendleton Troyer has struggled for years with the constraints of wearing evening attire for physical, sometimes-strenuous performances. And she considers herself luckier than her male counterparts, who have a stricter dress code of bow ties and evening jackets adorned with tails. "Our issues with the dress stem from a functionality standpoint," said Troyer, who plays first violin with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. "What we do is quite physical. There is a lot of sweating under the hot lights.
May 8, 2013
We've shown you our Preakness-inspired fashion ideas . Now, we want to see what you've got in your wardrobe - and we're putting tickets to see Kenny Chesney at stake. Put together your best Preakness look, and share it with us on Pinterest before noon on Sunday, May 19. Our Baltimore Sun judges will choose the look they like best, and the winner will get a pair of tickets (and a parking pass) to see Kenny Chesney at FedEx Field on Saturday, May 25. Looks can be anything from one item (a fancy hat)
April 24, 2013
Stacey Chambers has always been on the move. As a child, her nickname was Go Go, because she rarely slowed down. So it comes as little surprise that Chambers, 31, would wind up running a fashion boutique out of a bus. Chambers runs Go Go's Retread Threads (the name borrowed from her childhood moniker) out of a bus from the early '90s she's named Elsa, parking at farmers' markets, at festivals and on neighborhood streets to sell vintage clothes. Chambers started the business in 2010 after she heard a National Public Radio story about how small businesses run out of traditional storefronts were struggling.
April 19, 2013
If there were a dress code for visitors to the current exhibit in Howard Community College's Rouse Company Foundation Gallery, it would stipulate that people must wear blue jeans when going to see Julie van Hemert's "Peopled Jeans. " That's because the artist uses blue jean material for her wall-hanging fabric art. Van Hemert does not significantly alter or transform this material. Instead, she typically clusters a few pants legs together in order to suggest that several close friends are, er, hanging out together.
April 16, 2013
Uchenna Ibezue has been designing clothes ever since she can remember. As a child, she cut scraps of cloth and paper to make new dresses for her dolls. “I even used a leaf,” Ibezue says with a laugh. Today, the 38-year-old designer with a new boutique at Historic Savage Mill favors matte jersey and silks, chiffon and lace. “I like fabrics that drape -- they flatter everyone's body,” she says. It's 3 p.m. on a Saturday, but Ibezue (who often goes by simply Uche)
March 26, 2013
Margaret Beauchamp Van Hollen "Mickey" Lee, a retired fashion coordinator, died of congestive heart failure March 20 at Roland Park Place. She was 88 and had lived in Roland Park for many years. Born Margaret Van Hollen in Baltimore, she was the granddaughter of George Henry Van Hollen, who owned the Atlantic Packing Co., a seafood wholesale firm. His name is on Hollen Road in the Cedarcroft neighborhood that he developed. Her father, Donald Van Hollen, was a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. employee and her mother, Cecilia Harvey Coale, was a League of Women Voters secretary.