Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Sometimes it can be very hard figuring out who to follow (even harder trying to sift through hundreds of accounts to find one that might actually inspire you).
The Costume Institute Library (@costumeinstitutelibrary) is a great surprise because a library within a museum would typically be the last type of institution you’d expect to find using a social media tool such as Instagram to their advantage.
Several photos are posted each day from The Costume Reference Library at The MET Museum of Art. Photos are taken daily by¬†Librarian¬†Julie L√™.
How clever to take something that would usually be quite private, and make it so easily accessible to many.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
I actually bought Volume II about six months ago and fell in love with it immediately. (Ive been looking for volume I ever since). Luckily on my last trip to Milan I found Volume I at Rizzoli and bought it immediately.
As you can see from the images, this is the best book on Italian interiors I’ve ever seen.
HOWEVER, I’d love to hear if you guys think there’s another book that’s even better than this.¬†Please share it with us.¬†It will make a win win for everyone.
Antiques IL Gusto Classico Negli Interni Italiani Volume I
By Roberto Valeriani
Photographs by Mario Ciampi
Published by Verba Volant Ltd.
Monday, May 4, 2015
The new Costume Institute exhibit,¬†China: Through The Looking Glass, explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion.
The Exhibit kicked off this morning with a press preview which will be followed by the Annual Met Gala tonight. Officially, the exhibit opens to the public this Thursday, May 7th and will continue on through the summer, closing on August 16th.
The scale of the exhibit is fantastic at two and half times the size of previous costume Institute exhibitions at the MET.¬†China: Through the Looking Glass, incorporates the work of over 150 designs by 40 designers (with the work of such designers as Paul Poiret, Alexander McQueen, Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent on prominent display).¬†Besides from the gorgeous clothes themselves, the beauty of the exhibit comes through in the combination of elements at play. Curator Andrew Bolton spoke during the opening remarks this morning, commenting on how the set design took cues from Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass. There are mirrors and reflective surfaces throughout, creating a dreamlike world that when paired with music and film clips (keep your eyes open for video of the enchanting actress Anna May Wong), creates an enchanted experience as you wander from room to room.