2019 marks the 5th anniversary of Nails...time flies! I've been grateful for a surge of interest in the topic this year, and I've contributed thoughts for articles in Vanity Fair, Nailpro, and them, Conde Nast's new LGBTQ platform (please see the Press tab.)

But the newest news is being interviewed for two amazing podcasts this summer, just a week apart. Thanks to a listener question and co-host Cassidy Zachary, Dressed Podcast asked me about the origins of the manicure and specifically, the moon manicure style. Then I was invited to Gimlet Media headquarters to record for Every Little Thing, pictured here. First hitting on the the history of those clever nail polish names we love so much, host Flora Lichtman and I chatted about nails for an hour and a half...like I say, time flies! Thanks to the Dressed and ELT teams for having me as a guest, and watch this space for the final cuts!

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As MoMA's first fashion exhibition in 70+ years, Items: Is Fashion Modern? brilliantly examined fashion in the context of society, culture, and technology. Curators Paola Antonelli and Michelle Millar Fisher chose 111 items of clothing and accessories including the manicure, and I was honored to support Michelle's research on nails through my book, conversations, and advisement on object and image selection. Congrats to the whole stellar Items team!

At the exhibition opening

At the exhibition opening

Sets by Bernadette Thompson, left, and Chieko Nakayama, right

Sets by Bernadette Thompson, left, and Chieko Nakayama, right

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Vogue's international and most distinguished editor-at-large Hamish Bowles joined me for an impromptu tour of the PVH Archives space. Can I come see your collection next time, Hamish?!

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So thrilled to have had the opportunity to meet the inimitable Iris Apfel and add Nails to her personal library. I learned that Chinese nail guards and mehndi are among her favorite hand adornments...all aflutter getting to chat with this high priestess of style!

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Thank you to Francis Wong and the whole creative team at WGSN who invited me to participate in their recent panel on memory and design. Initially connecting through FIT in my capacity as a fashion industry archivist, the program touched on many areas of nostalgia and creative revival. Nail fashions often soak up "retro" influences, and as I commented, these styles are sometimes quite personal, linked to our formative impressions of loved ones.

You can read the WGSN blog post  here.

You can read the WGSN blog post here.

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Thanks again to the ladies of Fashion Project at Bal Harbour Shops and Vanity Projects Miami for inviting me to participate in the program "Vanity, Culture, Identity: The Art of the Manicure" back in November. Truly enlightening perspectives on nail culture from all panelists!


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I'm excited to be holding court at the fantastic independent bookstore, Folio Books, located in San Francisco's Noe Valley, when I'm in town on Sunday, August 2. At 3 pm, please come by for an informal meet-the-author/ Sunday tea/ nail polish swap. I'll be signing books and giving away the last bottles of my limited edition OPI nail color, Switchboard Starlet, with book purchase. Thank you to Martha Pettit for staging this fun event--hope to see a few of you Bay Area lovelies there!

More info at links below:

http://nailswap.eventbrite.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/448468358658852/ 

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On Thursday, April 23rd, I'm coming back to the Brooklyn Museum for a book signing from 6-8 pm. It's part of their Members Spring Sale Week programming and an evening that includes nail art by the fabulous and talented Vanity Projects crew. See event webpage for details.

 Last December's engagement at the Brooklyn Museum

 Last December's engagement at the Brooklyn Museum

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