Woman We Love: Jill Burgess
I started my blog to cover a fashion exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum in 2010 and New York City fashion exhibits remain my focus and first love. I wanted to learn more about the history of fashion and share what I discover with others. I also love to review fashion books and movies as well as showcase windows from stores like Prada, Chanel, and Bergdorf Goodman. I throw in an occasional outfit post for fun!
Online it’s Keep it Chic, for fashion, and Into the Gloss, for beauty products and fantastic interviews with magazine industry insiders. The New York Times style pages, especially anything by Cathy Horyn or Eric Wilson. I love Bill Cunningham and it’s always a thrill to see him working at 57th Street and Fifth Avenue! I will also read anything the fashion writer Dana Thomas writes, even if it’s just her daily To Do list. She wrote a fantastic book called Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster and it should be required reading for anyone wanting to write about fashion.
You write a lot about history. What’s your favorite era, style-wise?
I like anything polished and glamorous, from any era, since I spend most of my time not polished or glamorous. Two eras I never get tired of are the early 1960s—I’m heavily influenced by costume designers so I’m thinking Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Mad Men and Pan Am—and beaded flapper dresses from the mid-1920s. They had a room of them on display last year at the Met as part of American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity and they were gorgeous. I was in heaven.
You’re a devoted museum lover and New Yorker. Tell us which NYC museums are can’t-miss.
The Costume Institute exhibit every spring at The Met and The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology at any time of the year. I would also add the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute at Park Avenue and 68th Street. Their stupendous BALENCIAGA: Spanish Master earlier this year was a little jewel of an exhibit. Another show is opening in December called Joaquin Sorolla and The Glory of Spanish Dress. The space is intimate, elegant and so very Upper East Side New York. Dress up if you go!
Your perfect day. What would it look like?
Coffee, checking in with all my favorite bloggers, a run in Prospect Park, maybe a mild retail accident at Hermès, champagne and dinner with my husband and friends, and reading to and snuggling with my two kids.