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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

East Meets West At Centre Pompidou

 
Image: Centre Pompidou
Paris-Dehli-Bombay at Center Pompidou
Until September 19, 11h-21h, 11h-23h Thurs.
Metro: Rambuteau















Paris-Dehli-Bombay is an exhibition with two ambitious aims. One is to provide an insight into the cultural landscape of this immensely diverse country to a French audience that know little about it.

If Paris-Dehli-Bombay succeeds in transmitting the wealth of creativity in modern day India's contemporary artists and presenting a tableau of the country in the early hours of the 21st century, I wonder if it effectively tackles a cultural dialogue between France and India. Could there have been more documentation on the history of cultural exchange between the two countries? Should there have been space for Amrita Sher Gil, the Indian painter who worked and trained in 1930s Paris, for example? Or for Le Corbusier’s project at Chandigarh?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dialogues between past and present: Historic garments as source material for contemporary fashion design - Victoria and Albert Museum

Dialogues between past and present: Historic garments as source material for contemporary fashion design - Victoria and Albert Museum
Sketchbook, Katie Eary, 2008. © Katie EarySeveral of the Royal College of Art graduates whose work was featured in Future Fashion Now took some inspiration from historic garments. For her crystal-clad menswear collection, Katie Eary looked to a wide range of influences, including the uniforms of the Grenadier Guards, 19th-century English tailoring, and Russian literature. Her sketchbook is replete with images of men’s military uniform and swatches of leopard print fabric and leather 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

L’Art de l’automobile. Chefs-d’œuvre de la collection Ralph Lauren - Les Arts Décoratifs - Site officiel

L’Art de l’automobile. Chefs-d’œuvre de la collection Ralph Lauren - Les Arts Décoratifs - Site officiel


JaguarXKD,1955,collection Ralph Lauren©Photo MichaelFurman
28 April–28 August 2011
Among the major car collections in the world, there is one that stands out more than any other as synonymous with excellence: that of iconic American fashion designer Ralph Lauren.

A selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to present day is on view for the first time in Europe at Paris’Musée des Arts Décoratifs. seventeen outstanding cars, chosen by curator Rodolphe Rapetti, and put on display by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, outline the main phases of European automobile history.

With this collection, Ralph Lauren shows that the automobile is a major art form created by the industry’s biggest names: Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Porsche and of course, Ferrari, the high point of this unique collection.
Discover the website created by Ralph Lauren for the exhibition “L’Art de l’automobile”:http://ralphlaurencarcollection.co.uk


Plus: Paul Goldberger on Ralph’s collection of the most valuable cars in the world.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Vivian Maier - Her Discovered Work in Chicago

This was created in dedication to the photographer Vivian Maier, a street photographer from the 1950s - 1990s. Vivian's work was discovered at an auction here in Chicago where she resided most of her life. Her discovered work includes over 100,000 mostly medium format negatives, thousands of prints, and countless undeveloped rolls of film.

Vivian came here from France in the early 1930's and worked in a sweat shop in New York when she was about 11 or 12. She was not Jewish but a Catholic, or as they said, an anti-Catholic. She was a Socialist, a Feminist, a movie critic, and a tell-it-like-it-is type of person. She learned English by going to theaters, which she loved. She wore a men's jacket, men's shoes and a large hat most of the time. She was constantly taking pictures, which she didn't show anyone.


Vivian Maier
Vivian Maier, Self Portrait


http://www.vivianmaier.com/ 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fashion Institute of Technology - Upcoming Exhibitions

Fashion Institute of Technology - Upcoming Exhibitions

Left: Stephen Sprouse t-shirt and
leggings, 1985, Gift of Stephen
Sprouse, Inc.
Right: Raleigh/Giordana Sport
bicycling ensemble, 1985, Gift of
Raleigh Cycle Co. - Photograph by Eileen Costa ©MFIT.
Sporting Life
Fashion & Textile History Gallery
May 25 - November 5, 2011  















 
Photo © René Hebermacher
Daphne Guinness
Special Exhibitions Gallery
September 16, 2011 - January 7, 2012

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lady Gaga to become a V Magazine columnist - Telegraph

Lady Gaga has been on the cover of V Magazine twice in her career and is now set to write for its pages. Photo: V MAGAZINE
Lady Gaga to become a V Magazine columnist - Telegraph
Starting in the summer 2011 edition, which hits the shops mid-May, Lady Gaga, or 'Mother Monster' as she likes to be known, will be imparting her pearls of wisdom in a fashion and arts-based monthly commentary, giving us a little peek inside the performer and style icon's creative brain.