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”:

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 

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.

Fashion & Style Saint Laurent’s Other Half - NYT

Published: May 11, 2011
Pierre Bergé, the partner of Yves Saint Laurent, talks about their relationship, the subject of “L’Amour Fou,” a French documentary.

Alice Springs
From the documentary "L'Amour Fou."                            

Friday, May 13, 2011

Mapping Gothic France - culture

Mapping Gothic France invites you to explore the parallel stories of Gothic architecture and the formation of France in the 12th and 13th centuries...

Festival 2011 - Cannes


"My fascination with the Cannes Film Festival
began in September 1946, when I was 15. I remember
Gérard Philippe extending his hand towards me
without so much as a glance my way, and watching a
film that would become one of my favourites, La
Symphonie Pastorale starring the ravishing Michèle


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Always Look On The Bright Side of Life - video


Monty Python Holy Trinity (Monty Python and the Holy Grail / Monty Python's Life of Brian / Monty Python's the Meaning of Life)


Frabjous Couture: Couture Library

Frabjous Couture: Couture Library: "Claire Schaeffer, Couture Sewing Techniques Susan Khalje, Bridal Couture Roberta C. Carr Couture: The Art of Fine Sewing,Lynda Maynard,
The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques: Essential Step-by-Step Techniques for Professional Results"
from Frabjous Couture

f: Mad Men Project

Frabjous Couture: Mad Men Project: "I love Med Man fashion. Those early 60s silhouettes with pencil skirts and circular skirts with hems falling right below the knee, ..."
from Frabjous Couture

Monday, May 9, 2011

Monumenta 2011 au Grand Palais - Anish Kapoor

A new kind of artistic performance, MONUMENTA is open to all, a way of discovering a unique event in which great French and foreign artists succeed each other each year.

Monumenta 2011 au Grand Palais - Anish Kapoor

Saturday, May 7, 2011


This readership includes retailers, designers, manufacturers, marketers, financiers, Wall Street analysts, international moguls, media executives, ad agencies, socialites and trend makers.
As the marketplace has become more complex, the need for information and competitive intelligence has become more acute.
The common thread of our community is the business of style and fashion:

Fashion jobs in general:

Tommy Hilfiger Gets Preps Popping in New York, London - EyeScoop - Celebrity Photos, Fashion and Lifestyle News -

 “We wanted to do a pop-up shop,” Tommy Hilfiger explained on Wednesday night from the entryway of his prefab New England beach cottage. “But not like everybody else.”

Tommy Hilfiger Gets Preps Popping in New York, London - EyeScoop - Celebrity Photos, Fashion and Lifestyle News -

Tommy and Dee Hilfiger  Photo By Steve Eichner

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The official YouTube channel for RENT

-- the groundbreaking musical phenomenon that changed Broadway forever.
New World Stages.
New York City.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

WWD Women's Wear Daily, the daily newspaper - Glossary/Terms

Often called "the fashion bible," Women's Wear Daily serves as the voice of authority, international newswire and agent of change for the fashion, beauty and retail industries.


What makes WWD the authority? Frequency, integrity, independence, spirited coverage and a long tradition that demands staffers get the story and get it first.

Women's Wear Daily, the daily newspaper:

Dress, Plato’s Atlantis, spring/summer 2010

Describing colors

After watching this video, how would your briefly describe
some of the colors used in Bacon's works?

works by Francis BACON

Monday, May 2, 2011

T Magazine: Needle Work

A pop-up tattoo parlor created for Berlin’s Gallery Weekend demands a whole other level of commitment from prospective art buyers.
Needle Work 

A codified alphabet designed by tattoo artist Olaf Nicolai.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Fiddle music by Ian McCamy - in Paris!

“Ian McCamy has a sting to his playing. When he cries it’s with the naive lyrism of an Irish ballad, and his jigs have the gay spirit of time when the blue note hadn’t yet invaded the universe, old Europe unrolls in America, excited by the illusions of space and when it crosses with the mixed southern culture it takes on all that is joyfull” -Libération

ian mccamy...a deliciously retro style of playing.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dress, Plato’s Atlantis, spring/summer 2010

Alexander McQueen (British, 1969–2010)
Plato’s Atlantis, spring/summer 2010
Gray wool and silk/synthetic knit printed in jellyfish pattern
Courtesy of Alexander McQueen
Photography by Sølve Sundsbø

Dress, Plato’s Atlantis, spring/summer 2010

Alexander McQueen at the Met in NYC

The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, will celebrate the late Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to fashion.


Met special exhibition: groundbreaking work of, and interactions between, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, and Paul Strand.

This exhibition features three giants of photography—Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946), Edward Steichen (American, b. Luxembourg, 1879–1973), and Paul Strand (American, 1890–1976)—whose works are among the Metropolitan's greatest photographic treasures.{EC47F3BF-9FEB-444B-BBF6-E81E4748C49F}

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

The Timeline is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated by the Museum's collection.

Friday, April 29, 2011

From the Official Royal Wedding website:

Miss Catherine Middleton's Wedding Dress has been designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.

Miss Middleton chose British brand Alexander McQueen for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing. Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen's work. Miss Middleton worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress.

The dress epitomises timeless British craftsmanship by drawing together talented and skilled workmanship from across the United Kingdom. The dress design pays tribute to the Arts and Crafts tradition, which advocated truth to materials and traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often Romantic styles of decoration. Ms Burton's design draws on this heritage, additionally giving the cut and the intricate embellishment a distinctive, contemporary and feminine character.

The Design

The lace appliqué for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. The lace design was hand-engineered (appliquéd) using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originated in Ireland in the 1820s. Individual flowers have been hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create a unique and organic design, which incorporates the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.

Hand-cut English lace and French Chantilly lace has been used throughout the bodice and skirt, and has been used for the underskirt trim. With laces coming from different sources, much care was taken to ensure that each flower was the same colour. The whole process was overseen and put together by hand by Ms Burton and her team.

The dress is made with ivory and white satin gazar. The skirt echoes an opening flower, with white satin gazar arches and pleats. The train measures two metres 70 centimetres. The ivory satin bodice, which is narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips, draws on the Victorian tradition of corsetry and is a hallmark of Alexander McQueen's designs. The back is finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops. The underskirt is made of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace.

The Fabrics

French Chantilly lace was combined with English Cluny lace to be hand-worked in the Irish Carrickmacross needlework tradition.

All other fabrics used in the creation of the dress were sourced from and supplied by British companies. The choice of fabrics followed extensive research by Sarah Burton and her team.

The Royal School of Needlework

The Royal School of Needlework (RSN), based at Hampton Court Palace, assisted the Alexander McQueen team in accurately cutting out the delicate motifs from the lace fabrics and positioning the lace motifs with precision into the new design. The lace motifs were pinned, 'framed up' and applied with stab stitching every two to three millimetres around each lace motif. The workers washed their hands every thirty minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine, and the needles were renewed every three hours, to keep them sharp and clean.

The RSN workers included existing staff, former staff, tutors, graduates and students, with the youngest aged 19.

The RSN's work was used primarily for the train and skirt of the Bride's dress, the bodice and sleeves, the Bride's shoes and the Bride's veil.

Veil and Jewellery

The veil is made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, which was embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. The veil is held in place by a Cartier 'halo' tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by The Queen. The 'halo' tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 and was purchased by The Duke of York (later King George VI) for his Duchess (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King. The tiara was presented to Princess Elizabeth (now The Queen) by her mother on the occasion of her 18th birthday.

The Bride's earrings, by Robinson Pelham, are diamond-set stylised oak leaves with a pear shaped diamond set drop and a pavé set diamond acorn suspended in the centre. Inspiration for the design comes from the Middleton family's new coat of arms, which includes acorns and oak leaves. The earrings were made to echo the tiara. The earrings were a personal gift to the Bride from her parents for her Wedding Day.

Robinson Pelham have also designed and made a pair of diamond earrings for Miss Philippa Middleton. These earrings are more floral in nature to compliment the headpiece worn by Miss Philippa Middleton during the Service.

A tourmaline and diamond pendant and matching earrings have been designed and made for Mrs. Carole Middleton. Two gold stick pins, one with a single gold acorn at the head and the other with an oak leaf, are also worn respectively by the Father of the Bride, Mr. Michael Middleton, and the Bride's brother, Mr. James Middleton.

Wedding Shoes

The wedding shoes have made hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen and are made of ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.



On Sarah Burton

On the Runway: Sarah Burton’s First Collection for McQueen
Published: October 5, 2010
Before the Alexander McQueen show tonight, Sarah Burton said her main objective with the collection — her first since taking over as creative director after Mr. McQueen's death in February — was to impart a strong sense of craft.

The Royal Wedding Site

The Royal Wedding

Prince William & Catherine Middleton

Friday 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey

April wedding in London

Britain's Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate have picked historic Westminster Abbey for their wedding in April.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

TPTP/Transient Projects To People

Transient Projects To People is an organization dedicated to artistic research and exposure. It is especially devoted to curated art projects that explore ephemeral aspects of an exhibition. TPTP organizes exhibitions, artist talks and performances in various locations, mainly in our gallery in Montmartre, Paris.

TPTP /Transient Projects To People

TPTP Gallery and office: 20 rue Muller, 75018 Paris  | 0952591339 |

métro: Chateau Rouge (line 4), Anvers (line 2) and Abesses (line 12)
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The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles California

MOCA's mission is to be the defining museum of contemporary art. MOCA engages artists and audiences through an ambitious program of exhibitions, collection, education, and publication. MOCA identifies and supports the most significant and challenging art of its time, places it in historical context, and links the range of the visual arts to contemporary culture. MOCA provides leadership by actively fostering and presenting new work, emerging media, and original scholarship:

Today the museum is housed in three unique facilities: MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center.  

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

VINGT Paris Magazine is devoted to the 20 arrondissements of Paris and helping you get the most out of the city.

Serving as a comprehensive hub for visual arts information and resources in Paris and nurturing our creative community through a series of art exhibitions and events, we here at VINGT Paris magazine aspire to be an invaluable point of reference for you.