Square Perspective #9

Behold the Light

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, Exhibition display, gown by Cristóbal Balenciaga,The Cloisters, New York City, 2018

Join Becky’s July Square Perspective #9.

Only one rule, the image must be square.

Lines Squared #6

Exhibition Lines

 Peter Mitchell Photography Exhibit, Les Recontres d’Arles, Arles, France, 2016

Join Becky from The Life of B for October Squares: Lines and Squares #6. There are only two rules. The image must be square and must relate to the October theme: lines&squares.

Color Your World: Catching Up

The Artistry of Guo Pei

It’s in the Details

Purse, Ensemble, Guo Pei, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California, 2019


Embroidered detail from Dress Ensemble, Guo Pei, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California, 2019

Aquamarine and Banana Mania

Jacket Detail from ensemble, Guo Pei, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California, 2019

Atomic Orange

Details from three of the ensembles that are part of Guo Pei: Couture Beyond, organized by the Bowers Museum in collaboration with Guo Pei’s Rose Studios, SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film and SCAD: The University for Creative Careers. It runs through July 14, 2019 at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California.


Join Jennifer’s weekly  Color Your World 2019: Apricot, Aquamarine, Atomic Tangerine and Banana Mania (next week)

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.

Heavenly Bodies

If you are going to be in New York City before October 9th, you must take the time to see Heavenly Bodies, an exhibit at two locations of the Metropolitain Museum of Art. Today I went to The Cloisters, part of the Met, to see what is actually the second part of the show. Medieval art and architecture are juxtaposed with 20th and 21st century haute couture fashion. Incredible. I can’t wait to see the rest tomorrow.

The Cloisters is a combination of architectural elements from European medieval churches and church related buildings, including four complete French cloisters. I don’t have a lot of information on each area.

Apse from a Spanish church. Wedding dress by Balenciaga. Wonderful lighting design.

By Viktor & Rolf, Dutch, 2018, original design 2000.

Thom Browne, wedding dress, in hall of unicorn tapestries. The Unicorn in Captivity, c. 1495.

John Galliano, House of Dior, 2006, inside staircase possibly belonging to King Francis I. Design relates to Machiavelli, whose writing were outlawed by the church.

Valentino, 2015 and The Annunciation triptych. Painting, workshop of Robert Campin, c.1427.

House of Dior, 2018, original design 1961, Marc Bohan. Wedding dress.

A few of my other favorites.

The last one is by Alexander McQueen, 1997/1998.

On a side note. I am so pleased with the quality of the photos from my new Samsung 9+. Only one of the photos has been edited

The Shchukin Collection

Amazing Art That Amazes: The Shchukin Collection

If you are going to be in Paris before February 20, 2017, I highly recommend you make the time to visit the Fondation Louis Vuitton and view Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection. The depth of the collection is amazing, and the individual works at times left me spellbound. The exhibition features 130 of the 275 paintings collected by Russian Industrialist Sergei Ivanovich Shchukin between 1898 and 1914. Shchukin fled Russia in 1914, and the collection was nationalized in 1918 and divided between between two museums. From 1948-1956, Stalin banned the collection, and other modern French art, from exhibition. Rarely seen outside of Russia, the Shchukin collection includes stunning Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, Fauve and Cubist works. An entire gallery for Matisse. An entire gallery for Gauguin. An entire gallery for Picasso.

Buy your ticket online. The lines were long and having a reservation time is important. The Fondation Louis Vuitton is an unusual building. It was designed by Frank Gehry, who is not my favorite architect. Unfortunately, it was raining the day I visited so I saw very little of the outside of the building. The interior gallery space is wonderful. Most of the rooms are large enough for easy viewing. Unfortunately all my shots are at an angle. Don’t know if it was me, my smart phone, or a bit of both.

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