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H. D. Thoreau and B. Fuller


Henry David Thoreau and Buckminster Fuller Born July 12 (The Day of the Persuasive Presence) Although born on the same day, July 12, Thoreau and Fuller were active in different centuries, the former in the 19th and latter in the 20th. Yet they met in a curious way when they were adopted by young revolutionaries [...]

Giorgio Armani

giorgio armani

Born July 11 (The Day of the Unsolicited Opinion) Born on July 11th in Piacenza, Italy, Giorgio Armani became one of the most famous and fortunate fashion designers in no more than 25 years and is still expanding his imperium worldwide with stores around the entire globe topping annual turnover of $1.6 billion and a personal [...]

Marcel Proust

marcel proust

Marcel Proust Born July 10 (The Day of Passive-Active Duality) As George Steiner pointed out in his critical work entitled Real Presences, the author himself in his own writings probably makes the most profound observations about them, and therefore the comments of critics are really superfluous.  Thus, the most profound remarks about Shakespeare’s plays are [...]

David Hockney


David Hockney Born July 9 (The Day of Wonder) The childlike joy of British artist David Hockney over his recent iPhone and iPad creations is infectious. We are captivated both by the fresh spontaneity of his work and his own Wonder over these modern electronic products. Being able to get up early in the morning [...]

Käthe Kollwitz

Käthe Kollwitz

Käthe Kollwitz Born July 8 (The Day of the Dark Pragmatist) Kollwitz’s unique work has something in common with both realistic and expressionistic art, combining the two in a very special style that was distinctly hers. On the one hand she looks back to more realistic aspects of 18th and 19th century art as well [...]

G. Mahler & M. Chagall

Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler and Marc Chagall Born July 7 (The Day of Imaginative Revelations) In my book The Secret Language of Birthdays, people born on July 7 are described as follows: “Revelation is a recurrent theme in the lives of July 7 people. The urge to uncover or hold up to scrutiny the inner visions, feelings [...]

Frida Kahlo


Born July 6 (The Day of Magnetic Desire) Frida Kahlo’s traumatic life is reflected in her paintings, primarily consisting of portraits and self-portraits. Her dark, gloomy thoughts were reflected in some of her own self-images but so were the joys she experienced, which are clearly expressed in her use of vivid colors. Kahlo herself recognized [...]

Raf Simons

raf simons

One of the indisputable individual kings of menswear. How can anyone actually get a clear picture of Raf Simons, designer and artistic head of the brand Jil Sander for the last 6 years and also the head of his own label: Raf by Raf Simons? ”Not me but the collection has to be in the [...]

Wanda Landowska


Wanda Landowska Born July 5 (The Day of the Showman) The harpsichordist Wanda Landowska was one of those very special soloists and musical specialists who devoted her life to her keyboard art with absolute dedication, not really aiming or caring for fame, beyond what was needed to insure her a full concert and teaching schedule, [...]

Antoine Peters

antoine peters

About ANTOINE PETERS A designer – and self-proclaimed soccer fanatic – with an extensive fashion education and impressive credentials, Antoine Peters graduated cum laude from the Art Academy in Arnhem, completed a master’s at the Fashion Institute Arnhem, and worked for the Dutch fashion house Viktor&Rolf. He is well known for his A SWEATER FOR [...]

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