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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