'What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts' Ray Eames

by Valentina Ieva
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15/12/2015 - Ray Eames was born today as Bernice Alexandra Kaiser in Sacramento, California, in 1912. She attended Bennett College in Millbrook, New York, and continued her studies in painting under Hans Hofmann through 1937. During this year she exhibited her work in the first exhibition of the American Abstract Artists group at the Riverside Museum in New York. She matriculated at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1940 and married Charles Eames the following year.

She was an American artist, designer, and filmmaker. Along with her husband Charles Eames she is responsible for groundbreaking contributions in the field of architecture. furniture design, industrial design, manufacturing and the photographic arts.

ONE - Valentino Silk-Georgette and Cotton Piqué Blouse; TWO - Dolce & Gabbana Silk Crepe de Chine Pussy-Bow Blouse; THREE - Lareida 'Akito' Top; FOUR - Akris Punto Plisse Back Blouse; FIVE - Moschino C&C Cotton-Blend Tie Neck Blouse; SIX - Dolce & Gabbana Pussy Bow Shirt; SEVEN - Jil Sander Cotton Blouse; EIGHT - Rochas Silk Blouse in White

 

The couple designed some of the most iconic and timeless american mid-century designs  to date. In particular, she was not only a design icon, but she was a style icon, as well.

ONE - Comme Des Garçons Vintage Sleeveless Apron Dress; TWO - Rag & Bone Leather Strap Box Dress; THREE - Comme Des Garçons Suspender Skirt; FOUR - Viktor & Rolf Overall Dress; FIVE - Comme Des Garçons Sleeveless Pinafore Dress; SIX - Asos Pinafore Dress in Pinstripe; SEVEN - Karl Lagerfeld Vintage Pleated Skirt; EIGHT - Comme Des Garçons Shirt Pleated Pinafore Dress

LOOK 1 - Tommy Hilfiger Avilla Red Check Print Blouse; Natasha Zinko Midi Pleated Skirt; LOOK 2 - Valentino Cotton-Piqué Pussy-Bow Shirt; Nina Ricci Pleated Skirt; LOOK 3 - Dolce & Gabbana Pussy Bow Shirt; Comme Des Garçons Knife Pleat Skirt; LOOK 4 - Petar Petrov Sleeveless Blouse; Dsquared2 Pleated Skirt

 

Ray’s wardrobe has become much more attractive in the years: the starchy white blouses, trim square-necked jumpers, waist-cropped jackets and dirndl skirts that she wore most days and throughout her lifetime. 

ONE - Miu Miu Mary Jane Flat; TWO - Miu Miu Jeweled Heel Mary Jane; THREE - Rochas Embossed Mary Jane; FOUR - Jil Sander Mary Jane Loafer; FIVE - Repetto Lio Patent Leather Mary Jane Ballet Flats; SIX - Manolo Blahnik Campy Patent Leather Mary Jane Pumps

 

She was a proponent of the personal uniform and she has become a good fashion model for architects and designers.

Cover Image: LOOK 1 - Comme Des Garçons Vintage Sleeveless Apron Dress; Dolce & Gabbana Silk Crepe de Chine Pussy-bow Blouse; Prada Black Suede Bow Tie Detail Loafers; Robert Rose Faux Pearl Cluster Clip On Earrings; Fob Paris Small Fob Watch Necklace; Alexis Bittar Miss Havisham Liquid Charm Bracelet; Herman Miller Eames Chair and Ottoman; Fujifilm White Instax Mini 8 Camera With Film; Moleskine Gift Box Writing Set

 

Images Via issuemagazine.com/

 

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    • Valentina Ieva

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      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al cuore di natura elettrica’!)