Hermès Wanderland Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery London

24 April 2015


“Flânerie, that wonderfully liberating art of urban wandering, is second nature to Hermès, one could even say our most profound nature”, recounts Pierre-Alexis Dumas, the house’s Artistic Director and sixth generation member, evoking the 2015 Hermès theme.

Quintessentially Parisian, flânerie is about revelling in the unexpected. “The journey through Wanderland draws its coherence from two intrinsic elements of la flânerie: dreaming and freedom of spirit”, explains Bruno Gaudichon, curator of La Piscine-Musée d’Art et d’Industrie in Roubaix, who was commissioned to create the exhibition.

Set designer Hubert le Gall plunges visitors, the flâneurs themselves, into a dream world of joy and fantasy, with a Paris-inspired landscape as its backdrop. The eleven rooms present a series of installations in various media, created by a diverse selection of artists. From the Parisian square, to the covered passage, or a cafe of forgotten objects this veritable extended cabinet of curiosities will delight and intrigue visitors, inviting each of them to open their eyes, free their minds and be enveloped by the colour, sounds and images that surround them.

Objects on display have been carefully and lovingly gathered from the Hermès archive, the museum collection of Emile Hermès at 24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris and Hermès’ contemporary collections: a bike, a bag, a pair of boots, a travel writing case, a card deck, a watch from the house’s collection… The spirit of the ‘Flâneur’ is at the heart of Hermès’ creations and its inspiration.

April 9-May 2. For more information visit www.SaatchiGallery.com.

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Balenciaga Honored at the Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais, France

23 April 2015

Balenciaga Exhibition at the Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais

Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972) was a Spanish designer who possessed a great gift for using lace to decorate, elevate, and even transform his designs, from jackets to cocktail dresses to tunics to accessories. Seen here a cocktail dress in painted lace, on view at the exhibition Balenciaga, Master of Lace that opens April 18 at the Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais, France.

To learn more about this exhibition watch the introduction narrated by Hubert de Givenchy: http://wtv.calais.fr/embed/331/?title=1&

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Hedi Slimane “Sonic” Exhibition

11 June 2014


Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane will put on a retrospective of his photography in a new exhibition hosted by the  Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation. Fifteen years worth of Slimane’s musical archives from London to California will be showcased alongside portraits of iconic individuals like Lou Reed, Keith Richards, Amy Winehouse, Brian Wilson and more. Sonic will open at the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation in Paris this September. See www.fondation-pb-ysl.net for additional information.

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Maison Minnie Mouse at MoMu

14 April 2014

MoMu (ModeMuseum) in Antwerp is putting on an exhibition in homage to the iconic Disney character Minnie Mouse and her influence on fashion. The exhibition is called Maison Minnie Mouse and sees several young Belgian designers, Damien Fredriksen Ravn, Doriane Van Overeem, Emmanuelle Lebas, KRJST and Minju Kim, have the chance to give their interpretation of Minnie’s look. It will be on view until April 22. See MoMu.be For Additional Information.

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The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014

09 March 2014

This major exhibition is a glamorous, comprehensive look at Italian Fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story is explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to its reputation for quality and style. It includes both womens and menswear to highlight the exceptional quality of techniques, materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned.

The exhibition examines Italy’s dramatic transition from post-war ruins to the luxury paraded in the landmark ‘Sala Bianca’ catwalk shows held in Florence in the 1950s, which propelled Italian fashion onto the world stage.  During the 1950s and ’60s the many Hollywood films that were shot on location in Italy had an enormous impact on fashion as stars like Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor became style ambassadors for Italian fashion, fuelling a keen international appetite for luxurious clothing made in Italy.

On display are around 100 ensembles and accessories by leading Italian fashion houses including Simonetta, Pucci, Sorelle Fontana, Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Prada and Versace, through to the next generation of fashion talent. Read more about the exhibition on www.VAM.ac.uk now.

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Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

11 February 2014

Yesterday the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted the press preview for the upcoming annual Costume Institute exhibition (the institute was recently renamed the Anna Wintour Center for Costume). This year the exhibition focuses on the career of the Anglo-American couturier Charles James. Entitled Charles James: Beyond Fashion, the exhibit “will explore James’s design process, focusing on his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring that continue to influence designers today” and feature approximately seventy-five of James’s most notable designs. The preview yesterday showcased several of the designs that will be on display and featured model Elettra Wiedemann walking in a facsimile of James’ iconic Clover Leaf gown. Continue reading to view additional images.

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DVF Journey of a Dress Exhibition

12 January 2014

Watch hosts Andy Cohen and Coco Rocha live from the red carpet opening of the new Diane von Furstenberg exhibition DVF Journey of a Dress along with Diane and friends! Plus, go behind the scenes for a sneak peek at the Journey of a Dress exhibition currently on display at the Wilshire May Company building in Los Angeles next to the LACMA campus.

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Bill Cunningham: Façades

10 January 2014

 Unknown artist. Bill Cunningham Photographing Models, New York County Court House, ca.1975.

In 1968, photographer Bill Cunningham embarked on an eight-year project to document the architectural riches and fashion history of New York City. Scouring the city’s thrift stores, auction houses, and street fairs for vintage clothing, and scouting sites on his bicycle, Cunningham generated a photographic essay entitledFaçades, which paired models—in particular his muse, fellow photographer Editta Sherman—in period costumes with historic settings. Bill Cunningham: Façades will be on display at the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library from March 14, 2014 – June 15, 2014. See NYHistory.com for additional information.

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William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain Exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center

08 January 2014

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, on view at the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture from September 20, 2013 to February 9, 2014, is the first major exhibition to examine the life and career of one of the most influential designers in eighteenth-century Britain. Visitors will discover Kent’s genius, through nearly 200 examples of his elaborate drawings for architecture, gardens, and sculpture, along with furniture, silver, paintings, illustrated books, and through new documentary films. As most of his best-known surviving works are in Britain’s great country houses, the exhibition is rich in loans from private as well as public collections. Organized by the Bard Graduate Center in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the exhibition is curated by Susan Weber (BGC) and Julius Bryant (V&A). It will travel to the V&A where it will be on view from March 22 to July 13, 2014. See bcg.Bard.edu.com for additional information.

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“Avedon: Women” at Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills

01 December 2013

“Avedon: Women,” is an exhibition that spans six decades of Richard Avedon’s photography. This is the first solo exhibition of Avedon’s work in the Los Angeles area since 1976.
From the beginning of his career as a fashion photographer in the 1940s, Avedon was renowned for his distinctive and transformative imagery of women. His inventiveness, humor, and versatile talent flourished throughout sixty years of capturing both well-known and anonymous female subjects, ranging from celebrities and models to his friends and family. His images were imbued with an unconventional beauty and formidable intelligence.

More than 100 silver gelatin photographs form the core of the exhibition. Ranging from oversized exhibition prints dating from the artist’s 1978 showing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, to more intimately scaled photographs that he printed and editioned throughout his lifetime, the exhibition emphasizes the striking visual connections that lie beyond chronology or subject matter. It opens with a portrait of Cheryl Crane, the daughter of actress Lana Turner, who Avedon photographed in 1963 after she was exonerated for the killing of her mother’s abusive boyfriend. A 1959 portrait of Brigitte Bardot, printed on a monumental scale, presents her as serious and mysterious. In counterpoint is the large-scale print of artist June Leaf (1975), equally beautiful in her earthy understatedness. A salon-style hanging juxtaposes images such as the elegant Vicomtesse Jacqueline de Ribes (1955) and socialite Elsa Maxwell, lying in bed with her pet skunk (1957).

Approximately 300 contact prints, drawn from the Foundation’s extensive archive of sittings, reveal the tremendous range of subjects that Avedon photographed: musician Ella Fitzgerald; Avedon’s adored sister, Louise; and the young actress Elizabeth Taylor, among many. An additional room is devoted to his unprinted color work, with dozens of transparencies displayed in wall-mounted light boxes. Subjects range from 1958–59 advertisements featuring Carmen Dell’Orefice to supermodels Stephanie Seymour and Christy Turlington.

The accompanying exhibition catalogue features an essay by Joan Juliet Buck that describes the experience of modeling for Avedon via interviews with his subjects, including Anjelica Huston, Lauren Hutton, Veruschka, and Andrea D’Amato, one of the many women from Avedon’s In the American West series. Art historian Abigail Solomon-Godeau discusses how Avedon’s depictions of the feminine extended beyond traditional notions of beauty to convey the deeper significance of his female subjects. View additional information about the exhibition on Gagosian.com.

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