Trompe-l’œil Triangles

Breaking Through The Ceiling

Ceiling decoration, Upper Loggia, The Breakers,1893-1895, Newport, Rhode Island

The Vanderbilt’s summer “cottage,” The Breakers, was built between 1893-1895. No expense was spared on its decorative elements. The painted ceiling  of the Upper Loggia depicts three decorative canopies against a blue sky, bringing the outside into the room that served an an informal living room. The loggia faces the Atlantic Ocean and its windows can be opened to create a breezeway during warm weather.

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Mannequin

Fantastic Plastic

Mannequin wearing Guo Pei ensemble in exhibition at Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California.

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Guo Pei, Couture Beyond, at the Bowers Museum

Beyond Beautiful

I was amazed by the forty ensembles by Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei currently on display at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California.

It is almost impossible to describe the intricate details and decorative elements Pei uses in her designs: crystals embroidery, metallic threads, luxury material, etc. The exhibition includes designs from 2006 through 2018 and includes many items shown at Paris Fashion Week.

Each ensemble includes fantastic platform shoes. (2015)

This is Guo’s interpretation of Aladdin. (2009-2010)

The exhibit runs through July 14, 2019. If you are in the area, I highly recommend it.

Connecting The Tiles

Mosaic Ceiling Tiles

Detail of Ceiling Mosaic, Billards Room, The Breakers, Newport, Rhode Island

The Billiards Room ceiling was designed in the style of ancient Rome, with marble, alabaster, and other semi-precious stones covering the walls, floor, and ceiling. Mosaics one the ceiling included sea motifs.  Dolphins, which can be found as decorative elements in several rooms, are an ancient symbol of hospitality. The room was designed by the architect Richard Morris Hunt.

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Sepia

Final Vows

Bride of Christ, “Hyménée” Wedding Dress, 2018, House of Dio, Marc Bohan, original design 1961, Dior Heritage Collection, Heavenly Bodies,The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York

Displayed in The Cloisters as part of the Heavenly Bodies exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The dress is from the House of Dior’s Dior Heritage Collection:  “Hyménée” Wedding Dress, 2018, Marc Bohan, original design 1961.

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Renaissance Windows

Natural Light

Living Room, c. 1625 The Mayor’s House, Den Gamble By, Aarhus, Denmark

Renaissance living room, c. 1625, in The Mayor’s House at Den Gamble By (The Old Town), Aarhus, Denmark.

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