Joyce Tenneson, a Shooting Star When Joyce Tenneson left her position teaching photography at the Corcoran School of Art and struck out for a new career as a commercial photographer, she thought it would take years to get established. But now, only two years later, she has an exhibition of her work at the Modern Art Museum of Paris. It includes eight of her photographs from November's French Vogue. She has a cover story in American Photographer, and she has just completed a choice assignment in Mallorca for Matsuda, a Japanese design firm.
Matsuda chose Tenneson to do a book of promotion photographs. "The only instruction they gave me was do pictures I thought were beautiful," says Tenneson. Obviously they liked what she did; they are using 10 pages more than they originally planned.
Others remember her work in Washington. The head of the renovation of the Louvre museum in Paris saw Tenneson photographs in an exhibition at the Harry Lunn gallery in Washington years ago and has commissioned Tenneson to do the official poster for the reopening of the Louvre. (The poster will be available at the Corcoran Gallery shop.)
She's now too busy to teach, though she does participate at workshops in portraiture in the south of France and in San Francisco. "I wouldn't want to teach my style," she said. "It is so personal." And so time-consuming that she turned down six assignments last week. But there is one she won't refuse -- a Japanese publisher has asked to do a book of her color work.
Out-of-Pocket Expenses Lord Snowden has a problem. But he also has a solution. The portrait photographer wore a favorite brown tweed jacket to a shoot in London recently.
"Look," he said as he pushed his fingers through the holes in the pockets, "I can't keep anything in them." In fact, Snowden has kept the jacket, now as soft as a sweater, for a long time. In the hem was a label saying the jacket was made for him in 1960.
To assure that heavy English one-pound coins won't poke holes in his pockets in the future, Snowden has designed a flat silver container, about the size of a playing card, that holds six of the coins. It slips easily into his shirt pocket.
The Short Solution
It is no longer a question of how short skirts should be -- at the knee on up, according to your personal choice -- but how long short clothes will be around. Rose Wells, who has watched hems go up and down for almost 40 years as a retail executive and who is now consulted by CEOs around the country, says the short length will only get stronger for spring. "Many women will choose to wear long shorts as a neat, practical and modest way of wearing the short proportion in warm weather," Wells predicts.
There will be no trouble finding shorts to wear for spring. Among those featuring them in their recent collections were Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera, Ralph Lauren and Patricia Pastor for Perry Ellis.
The Little Tramp's Rich Attire
The worn leather hobo shoes worn by Charlie Chaplin as the Little Tramp were sold by Christie's in London recently to an unidentified Swiss museum for 38,500 pounds (about $72,000). A bowler hat and cane, used by Chaplin in several films, were sold to a collector in Copenhagen for 82,500 pounds (about $155,000). Chaplin once said about his tramp costume: "I wanted to create a satire on man. The cane stood for man's attempt at dignity, the mustache for his vanity, and the boots for the cares that hamper him."
All Tressed Up ... Nowhere to Grow
You've heard about hair shirts and hirsute. How about a sweater of human hair? Carla Johnson, a librarian at the National Library of Medicine, came up with the idea when trying to think of something novel to enter in a local fashion show. The show never came off, but the sweater Johnson made from a pound of naturally curly brown hair bought from a supplier on Connecticut Avenue was a hit when she wore it to work before Christmas.
The base of Johnson's hair sweater is a brown knit vest. "It took three times as long as it usually does because the hair kept getting entangled in the knitting needles," she explained. She had considered taking the sweater to a beauty salon to have it groomed. "But I like the natural and primitive and shaggy look of it."
Apparently, so did a number of her colleagues at the library. "I was petted like an animal all day. It was fun but a little wearing," says Johnson. "Now, anytime I'm lonely or depressed, I think I'll wear this sweater."
She cares for it by brushing. "It's hair -- you can shampoo it, mousse it, color-wash it, even spray in some sparkles for New Year's Eve. But you can't cut it and expect to grow it back." She can imagine knitting the locks of a friend into a sweater for sentimental reasons. Or maybe even her own. "I haven't cut my own hair in years. But now it is a real possibility."
Notes de la mode
No matter if your New Year's invitation is last-minute. Black and White, a tuxedo rental shop in Georgetown, stays open until 10 p.m. New Year's Eve. And it keeps a party going on the premises to give you a heady start.
Zandra Rhodes, who travels frequently to India where many of her silk clothes are made and embroidered, this week introduced a collection of her own sari designs at the Oberoi Hotel in Bombay. Rhodes will be showing her regular spring collection at Garfinckel's early in February.
Who says you can't go home again? You can on Seventh Avenue. Zack Carr, once the first design assistant to Calvin Klein, stitched up his own label for several seasons in Italy, but is now back heading up the design studio at Calvin Klein.
Fawn Hall's knees were the big news at Germaine's restaurant the other evening. Hall, dining with photographer David Kennerly, was wearing a mocha suede jacket and a thigh-high skirt -- the shortest in the place.