Montaigne Market Sets Formula 1-Themed Exhibition

SPEED DEMON: Montaigne Market, the Paris concept store that recently moved into new digs on Avenue Matignon, has collaborated with photographer Mathieu César on a Formula 1-themed exhibition.
Titled “Race Kit,” the show, timed with the Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship that wraps on Nov. 25, centers on César’s passion for the sporting event. Known for his black-and-white fashion films and celebrity portraits, the French photographer also dedicated his first tome to the theme, which will launch at the exhibition.
Set to run from Sept. 24 to Oct. 8, the exhibition will see the first floor of the Parisian luxury boutique transformed into a custom racing track, complete with miniature cars created by French furniture manufacturer Hervet and a display of 50 racing helmets.
Fashion-wise, cult Milan-based fashion brand MSGM has designed a racing-themed capsule collection based on the aesthetic of vintage racing sponsors. Creative director Massimo Giorgetti dreamed up a scarf, baseball hat and pair of socks blending MSGM’s bold lettering with traditional racing codes, like the black-and-white-checkered flag motif.
Other themed releases include custom pouches by accessory designer Hugo Matha and ceramic helmets by art duo Mon Colonel & Spit.

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Harrods’ ‘Rarity’ Exhibition Will Highlight One-of-a-Kind Treasures

HIDDEN GEMS: Harrods is looking into the meaning of luxury with Rarity, a storewide campaign displaying rare finds from fashion to jewelry to homeware. The campaign runs in-store and online until Aug. 16.
It features more than 60 exclusive products that have been selected by Harrods from around the world including Hawaii, the Netherlands, Panama and Yorkshire, England.
Exclusive couture pieces are being highlighted in the fashion department, including an evening gown by Ralph & Russo, Bottega Veneta’s Knot Clutch in 18-carat gold and an embellished jacket from Balmain.

Harrods ‘Rarity’ – Balmain, De Beers and Millionaire Gallery 
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There are also limited-edition pieces such as a redesign of Coco Chanel’s clock as well as unique accessories such as an Excalibur Aventador S Blue watch from Roger Dubuis.
“With Rarity, we wanted to ensure that our curated selection of rare finds showcases that ‘rare product’ can take many forms,” said Michael Ward, managing director at Harrods.
“Further to this, the way in which we consume products has taken a seismic shift the last decade. With the rise of digital, owning and purchasing goods can be instantaneous, but comes with the risk of increasing homogeneity. So we wanted to ensure that customers had a sensory experience to compliment

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New Exhibition Highlights Alaïa’s Pompadour Connection

MISTRESS STYLE: A new exhibition on Azzedine Alaïa has opened just in time for Paris Couture Week.
“The Secret Alchemy of a Collection,” showing at the designer’s headquarters in the city’s Marais district until Jan. 6, focuses on the first collection he designed after moving there in 1991. Alaïa discovered that the historic building had once been home to Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, the future Madame de Pompadour, chief mistress of King Louis XV.
Accordingly, his spring 1992 collection incorporated elements of 18th-century dress, with pannier skirts rendered in white eyelet cotton and jackets inspired by men’s redingotes. Saucier nods to palace intrigue included a leather corset belt in laser-cut white leather, and stretch dresses with “lady garden” intarsia motifs.

Azzedine Alaïa working on his spring 1992 collection. 
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It’s the latest in a series of exhibitions organized by Carla Sozzani, a close friend of the designer, following his death last year. Olivier Saillard, who curated the show, said it was timed to coincide with the recently reissued Assouline book dedicated to the collection.
“It’s very Alaïa, very Eighties — even if it’s 1992 — and it’s also very Pompadour, because there’s a lot of broderie anglaise, perforated leather, plunging necklines,” he said. “There is also an

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Victoria & Albert Museum Brings Christian Dior Exhibition to the U.K.

LONDON MOMENT: The Victoria & Albert Museum is shifting the spotlight onto Christian Dior for its next major fashion exhibition, opening in February.
The London museum plans to adapt “Christian Dior: Couturier of Dreams,” the popular show that opened last year at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs, for a U.K. audience. The exhibition will be the largest Dior exhibition held in the country and the V&A’s biggest fashion exhibition since “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.”
The collaboration between the French house and the museum was announced during a cocktail held Sunday evening at the British embassy in Paris.
The show will trace the history of the house and the impact of Christian Dior, and the six artistic directors who succeeded him. A new section will be added that explores Christian Dior’s relationship with Britain, from his fascination with English gardens, Savile Row and British ocean liners, to his circle of London-based clients, including Nancy Mitford and Margot Fonteyn.
“Reimagining this hugely popular exhibition from Paris — as the largest fashion exhibition the V&A has undertaken since ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ — will shed new light on Dior’s fascination with Britain,” said Tim Reeve, the museum’s deputy director and chief operating officer.
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Hugo Boss, National Portrait Gallery Pays Tribute to Michael Jackson With a Dedicated Exhibition

MAN IN THE MIRROR: London’s National Portrait Gallery is taking a look at the life and work of Michael Jackson with an exhibit marking what would have been the singer’s 60th birthday on Aug. 29. The show, which is sponsored by Hugo Boss and Sony Music, opens on June 28 and will run until Oct. 21 before moving to Paris.
“Michael Jackson: On the Wall” explores the lingering influence of Jackson’s music — and his cultural persona — on contemporary artists and their works. It features photographs, installations, paintings and works by 40 artists including Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, David LaChapelle and Grayson Perry. There is a graffiti-style portrait of Jackson by Haring, as well as a large-scale work by artist Graham Dolphin. It’s made from vinyl covers from Jackson’s 1982 “Thriller” album.
“When the National Portrait Gallery told us that this artwork was included, it was a no-brainer for us to work with them because, on the cover [of the Thriller album], Michael is wearing the iconic Hugo Boss white suit,” said Hjödis Kettenbach, head of global communications at Hugo Boss. “It’s amazing to have this connection to him,” she said.
Boss will also release a revamped, slim-fit edition of the white suit, which cemented the King of

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The Fashion Exchange to Stage Exhibition at FIT’s New Exhibition Space This Fall

EVERLASTING FASHION: After a successful debut exhibition in London earlier this year, The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange, a major project that teams fashion design talent with artisans from across the Commonwealth’s 53 countries, is planning a New York installation.
In September, fashion pieces made through the initiative will be shown at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. The show will be staged in a new yet-to-be-named exhibition on the New York campus’ John P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center. Renovations are under way in the building’s lobby, which will double the exhibition space to 4,000 square feet.
This fall’s event, which is designed to encourage the exchange of creative ideas, will be scheduled during United Nations General Assembly is in session. In London, the CFE exhibition bowed in late February as a lead-up to the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which was held in April. During London Fashion Week in February, a celebratory reception was held at Buckingham Palace, where the Duchess of Cambridge helped to mark the occasion.
Fashion 4 Development founder Evie Evangelou developed the partnership with FIT. She also hosted a high tea for spouses of the heads of state of the Commonwealth countries at Claridge’s to celebrate the

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Bill Cunningham to Be Focus of Upcoming Exhibition at the New York Historical Society

BILL’S NEW YORK: Street photographer Bill Cunningham was unquestionably a man of the city. The sidewalks of New York were his round-the-clock runway. Now the New York Historical Society has announced a special exhibition, “Celebrating Bill Cunningham,” that will be view on June 8 through Sept. 9.
Friends and friends’ family members of The New York Times lensman, who died in 2016 at the age of 87, provided the wide-ranging items for the show. Some New Yorkers will recognize the bicycle he used to pedal to and from assignments regardless of the weather or the hour. There’s also the “Bill Cunningham Corner” street sign that was temporarily installed at the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, the photographer’s preferred perch. Visitors to the Upper West Side museum will also find his first camera, an Olympus Pen-D 35mm, and his signature sparrow blue jacket. Other mementos include photographs of Cunningham with friends and correspondence, including handmade Valentines he liked to send to friends.
After moving to New York from his home state of Massachusetts, Cunningham worked for a period as a milliner under the label William J. The hats that will be displayed will include a beach one, as well as

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New Garments Going on Display at ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ Exhibition

FASHION HISTORY: Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that manages Kensington Palace, has been working toward adding new, never-before-seen garments for the reopening of the popular “Diana:Her Fashion Story” exhibition, later this month.
The exhibition charts the sartorial history of Princess Diana and highlights important moments in her life through her clothing.
Some of the outfits going on display include the Armani chinos and white shirt she wore to visit the landmine fields in Angola with the International Red Cross in 1997 and a violet body-hugging gown created by Gianni Versace, a dear friend of Diana’s, for a fund-raising dinner at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
The pink David Sassoon dress Princess Diana wore en route to her honeymoon with Prince Charles will also be exhibited, alongside pieces by Catherine Walker, Caroline Charles and Victor Edelstein, a leading London couturier in the Eighties.
Princess Diana was also known for championing local designer names during State visits, as illustrated by a cobalt blue pleated gown by the London-based Japanese-born designer, Yuki, worn to a State Dinner with Emperor Hirohito in Tokyo.
The exhibition will reopen on April 26 at Kensington Palace and it’s predicted to attract large crowds as interest on the British Royals is peaking, with

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Museum of Lace and Fashion to Stage ‘Haute Lace’ Exhibition

ACES OF LACE: Lacy creations from the couture and ready-to-wear collections of 14 international houses from across the past five years will enjoy some close inspection in “Haute Lace,” the latest exhibition headed to the Museum of Lace and Fashion. The museum is located in Calais, a town in northern France famous for its Leavers lace.
Participating brands include Chanel, Yiqing Yin, Valentino, Viktor & Rolf and Christian Dior, each presenting contemporary interpretations of the fine fabric, including couture creations involving up to 1,000 hours of handiwork. Designs range from a spring 2018 couture dress by Chanel featuring Leavers lace bonded to scuba material and a dress mixing Leavers lace interwoven with laser-cut leather from the spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection of Iris van Herpen.
In the mix will be photographs, videos and experimental lace swatches by ateliers including Maison Lemarié.
The show will run June 9 to Jan. 6, 2019.
The captions will share details on the process behind the collaborations, such as how an archive Thirties lace design made its way into one of the runway shows in 2017.
The most recent exhibition at the museum focused on the defining moments of Hubert de Givenchy’s career. Cristóbal Balenciaga, van Herpen and Anne Valérie Hash

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Pitti Immagine Cancels Exhibition Curated by Stefano Pilati

Pitti Immagine said on Tuesday it cancelled the “Evolution — Involution — Revolution. Three decades of men’s fashion as seen by Stefano Pilati” exhibition, which was supposed to be inaugurated during the 94th edition of Pitti Uomo, opening in Florence on June 12.
In a statement, the trade show organizer said that exhibition was cancelled due to “curator Stefano Pilati’s binding commitments.” No further details were provided.
After he left the Ermenegildo Zegna Group in February 2016, Pilati took to Instagram Stories in June and January to showcase images of its personal project, called Random Identities, which hasn’t been officially launched yet.
Pitti Immagine said that instead of Pilati’s exhibition, the Pitti Discovery Foundation will present “Fanatic Feelings – Fashion Plays Football,” an exhibit curated by magazines Achtung Mode and Sepp Football Fashion’s founder Markus Ebner and Italian art curator Francesco Bonami.
Promoted by the Florentine Center for Italian fashion and Pitti Immagine and supported by The Italian Ministry of Economic Development and Italian trade agency ICE, the exhibition, opening on June 12 at the Santa Maria Novella complex, will put the accent on the tight relationship between soccer and fashion and how the legendary sport influenced the development of men’s collective imagination.
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Stefano Pilati to Unveil Exhibition at Pitti Uomo in June

MILAN – Stefano Pilati will unveil an exhibition at the 94th edition of international men’s wear trade show Pitti Uomo in June.
Titled “Evolution – Involution – Revolution. Three decades of men’s fashion as seen by Stefano Pilati,” the exhibit at Florence’s Palazzo Pitti is to highlight the tight links between fashion and the constantly changing world surrounding it.
The show, which will be inaugurated during Pitti Uomo and remain open to the public until Oct. 21, represents the third chapter of the three-year program promoted by the Florentine Center for Italian fashion, Galleria degli Uffizi and Pitti Immagine. The Italian Ministry of Economic Development and Italian trade agency ICE will also support the project with a financial contribution.
“For this project focused on men’s fashion, a theme which has been neglected for too long on the Italian and international cultural scenes, we chose Stefano Pilati because he is one of its main protagonists,” said Pitti Discovery Foundation general secretary Lapo Cianchi. “But most of all, we got fascinated by his personal vision of the fashion system: eccentric, dissonant, almost cynical. He has a precise point of view, which reflects the obsessions and considerations of a collector, who is also a designer and someone

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The Met Counts on Vatican for Costume Institute’s Spring Exhibition Pieces

LIKE A PRAYER: Some scholars and pundits contest that religion is the root of most of the conflict in the world, but that hasn’t deterred the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute from taking on “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” as its spring exhibition.
The juxtaposition of fashion and masterworks of religious art will be designed to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism. The Met has arranged to showcase a group of papal robes and accessories from the Vatican, highlighting the enduring influence of liturgical vestments on designers. A battery of designers — Thierry Mugler, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Thom Browne, Azzedine Alaïa, John Galliano for the House of Dior, Claire McCardell, Madeleine Vionnet, Isabel Toledo, Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino, Elsa Schiaparelli, Raf Simons for his own label and the House of Dior — will have their work on view.
The multilayered exhibition will be held at The Met Fifth Avenue in both the medieval galleries and the Anna Wintour Costume Center. The show will also be housed in the city’s northern regions at The Met Cloisters, creating a trio of distinct gallery locations. When the show opens, Met ticket holders will wander amid 50 ecclesiastical

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The Met Counts on Vatican for Costume Institute’s Spring Exhibition Pieces

LIKE A PRAYER: Some scholars and pundits contest that religion is the root of most of the conflict in the world, but that hasn’t deterred the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute from taking on “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” as its spring exhibition.
The juxtaposition of fashion and masterworks of religious art will be designed to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism. The Met has arranged to showcase a group of papal robes and accessories from the Vatican, highlighting the enduring influence of liturgical vestments on designers. A battery of designers — Thierry Mugler, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Thom Browne, Azzedine Alaïa, John Galliano for the House of Dior, Claire McCardell, Madeleine Vionnet, Isabel Toledo, Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino, Elsa Schiaparelli, Raf Simons for his own label and the House of Dior — will have their work on view.
The multilayered exhibition will be held at The Met Fifth Avenue in both the medieval galleries and the Anna Wintour Costume Center. The show will also be housed in the city’s northern regions at The Met Cloisters, creating a trio of distinct gallery locations. When the show opens, Met ticket holders will wander amid 50 ecclesiastical

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London’s Fashion and Textile Museum Mounts Louise Dahl-Wolfe Exhibition

THE WOMEN’S ROOM: London’s Fashion and Textile Museum is set to unveil a showcase of American fashion photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe. More than 100 images from the Thirties to the Fifties will be on show, and the focus is on the contemporary independent female. Among Dahl-Wolfe’s subjects are Coco Chanel and Madeleine Vionnet as well as the Hollywood stars Bette Davis and Veronica Lake.
“She was a great colorist, and had an understanding of the female form and how it related to clothing,” said Dennis Nothdruft, head of the Fashion and Textile Museum, adding that the show is aimed at “rediscovering and promoting what she did — which was very influential.” He said Dahl-Wolfe isn’t as famous in Europe as she is in the U.S., noting that “people like Avedon and Irving Penn really follow on from what Louise Dahl-Wolfe did at Harper’s Bazaar.”
Born in San Francisco in 1895, Dahl-Wolfe started her career in 1923. She graduated from San Francisco Institute of Art, then moved to New York, opening her photography studio there. She shot for Saks Fifth Avenue and Bonwit Teller before taking up a staff photographer role at Harper’s Bazaar from 1936 to 1958.
She worked with editor Carmel Snow, fashion

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Better Days Unveils Inaugural Art Exhibition With Works From Maripol, Olaf Breuning and Others

DESIGN IN MIND: Despite sounding like a sign of these unsettling times, the restaurant formerly known as Happy Ending quietly reopened as Better Days earlier this month.
But the name change is meant to be an homage to New York City’s music incubators from the Seventies and Eighties. In its original incarnation, Better Days was a place for the disenfranchised to retreat and an escape for artists who danced away their troubles. Owner Oliver Stumm said he wants Better Days to be a neighborhood destination and haven for creatives, so featuring local artists was a natural step in fostering this type of environment.
With that in mind, an exhibition has been culled by Better Days owner Oliver Stumm, as well Rita Cruz, Luke Brown, Eddie Brannan and Skylar Pittman (whose day job is with Bruce Weber’s Studio Little Bear Inc.) The artists they selected are likely to be found at the dinery and downstairs club on any given day. Work from established ones like Jack Pierson, Maripol and Olaf Breuning are in the mix. On view through December, the exhibition will be featured in Better Days’ upstairs space. The downstairs lounge is slated to open Oct. 6.
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German Museum Details Jil Sander Solo Exhibition

Frankfurt’s Museum Angewandte Kunst – which is to host a sprawling exhibition dedicated to celebrated designer Jil Sander – said it would span not only her esthetic in fashion, but also her architectural preferences and passion for gardens.

Christy Turlington wears an off-white suit with a knee-length jacket and beaded choker on the runway for designer Jil Sander’s Fall 1992 show in Milan 
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While curated by museum director Matthias Wagner K, Sander herself collaborated closely on the solo show, which will spread over 3,000 square meters. It draws heavily on her archive and delves into her quest for modernity and quality in design.

Donatella Versace, Vivienne Westwood and Jil Sander pose and smile at an event in New York where they received ‘Fashion Legend’ awards 
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“My aesthetic ideas develop out of what I have appreciated and learned in my life and what I sense of the zeitgeist,” the German designer said.
The show is slated to open to the public on Nov. 4 and run through May 6, 2018.
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Prince Exhibition to Open in London

THE WORLD OF PRINCE: The belongings of pop star Prince will be the subject of a new exhibition, opening in London’s O2 arena in October.
From world-famous items such as the orange Cloud guitar from his Super Bowl halftime performance or the purple jacket and ruffled shirt from the “Purple Rain” tour to never-before-seen artifacts taken from Paisley Park, his estate outside Minneapolis, the exhibition will offer an intimate look into the legendary performer’s life.
Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, highlighted the Cloud guitar as one of the standout pieces in the collection. She told the British newspaper Evening Standard that “[even though] people always associate the color purple with Prince, his favorite color was actually orange.”
Nelson chose the British capital as the location for the first exhibition centered on her brother since it was the city that accepted the musician the most. He performed at the O2 arena for 21 consecutive nights in 2007. The exhibition, titled “My Name Is Prince” will run next to the same arena for 21 days.
Nelson added that by staging the exhibition, she is aiming to fulfill her brother’s wish of opening up his world to the public: “It was always his wish to make all

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Nars Teams With Refinery 29 on London Art Exhibition

POWER LAUNCH: Nars is taking a new, more modern approach to marketing its latest lip product, Powermatte Lip Pigment.
The cosmetics brand has teamed with the digital publishing platform Refinery 29 to host an art exhibition in London called “PowerMouth,” spotlighting the works of five female artists. The participating artists, which include Daantje Bons, Natalia Stuyk, Romily Alice, Shae DeTar and Vanessa Kisuule have explored ideas such as self-expression and power through a range of mediums, from photography to live installations and portraiture.
Some of the photography features close-ups of female lips, which fittingly highlight the new Nars lip range, while live installations range from poetry projections to “an interactive activity wall,” where guests are encouraged to leave their own message by kissing, drawing or writing on translucent colored sheets from the Powermatte palette.

Artwork by Shae Detar 
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“The exhibition includes a mirror box that showcases Natalia Stuyk’s work. As part of this installation, the audience will come across a wall where people can leave powerful messages and words of inspiration over two days — the responses left will then become their own piece of art, and a central focus to the exhibition,” said Kirsty Hathaway, Refinery 29’s executive branded content director in

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The Work of James Galanos Focus of a New Exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum

HIS TIME IN THE SUN: Ten months after his death, James Galanos will be the subject of a new exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum.
For more than 50 years, the designer amassed a clientele that included Duchess of Windsor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, Rosalind Russell and Diana Ross. The designer died last fall at 92.
Born to parents who had come to Philadelphia from Greece, Galanos pitched in with his three sisters at his parents’ restaurant. After that service-oriented start, Galanos moved to New York following high school hoping to enroll in a fashion school led by Russian stage designer and costumer Barbara Karinska. Due to a delayed opening, he scrapped that plan to take classes at the Traphagen School of Fashion. Eight months later Galanos decided more hands-on experience was needed.
He officially entered the world of fashion by way of Hattie Carnegie in New York working as an assistant. The several years that followed led to posts like assisting Robert Piguet in Paris and later working as a part-time sketch artist in Columbia Pictures’ costume department under the guidance of Jean Louis. The way Galanos told it, the hiring was “out of pity,” although understatement

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The Met’s Costume Institute Said Eyeing Fashion and Religion for Next Year’s Exhibition

KEEPING THE FAITH: In these politically charged times, it appears that the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute isn’t afraid to take on its own controversial topics.
Fashion and religion will be the theme of next year’s major exhibition, according to multiple sources, including a few who said they have been privy to preliminary discussions. A Met spokeswoman declined to comment Friday.
With the May opening still many months away, the planning is still in the very early stages. Sources describe the project as serious and ambitious, and it is understood the idea was hatched long before the current “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: The Art of the In-Between” show, slated to close Sept. 4. A host of European designers have referenced religion in their collections, including the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano and Riccardo Tisci. The likeness of the Madonna has been appropriated by Dolce & Gabbana, and the iconography of Jesus has been featured in Jeremy Scott’s collection. Prabal Gurung once brought Buddhist monks to his runway.
In recent years, the Costume Institute exhibitions have been major blockbusters for The Met. Last year’s “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” attracted 752,995 visitors, making it the museum’s seventh

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Guo Pei to Be Focus of SCAD Exhibition and Upcoming Rizzoli Book

EXHIBIT SET: The Savannah College of Art & Design has confirmed the dates for what will be Guo Pei’s first solo museum exhibition.
The show will bow Sept. 7 at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta, and will feature 30 of the designer’s intricate gowns, footwear and accessories, including the imperial yellow gown worn by Rihanna at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala in 2015. Although the musician and designer have not collaborated since that most-photographed choice, the blizzard of publicity their pairing established two years ago introduced Pei’s work to millions.
SCAD is counting on a New York-based creative collective HOWL that includes three photographers who are alumni — Jim Lind, Patrick O’Brien and Elliot Ross — to capture Pei’s designs in a monograph. The fourth member Forest Woodward is the only non-SCAD graduate. While individually the lensmen have worked with Patagonia, Carhartt and National Geographic, among other well-known brands, this is the four-year-old group’s first major fashion undertaking. Due out in December by Rizzoli, the book will also be a first for the designer. Along with photos of archival pieces, there will be a total of 44 images including some shot on old plantations such

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British Designers, Stylists Attend E. Tautz’s Charity Exhibition

PHOTOS FOR A CAUSE: “It’s a moment of light. People expect to see fame or fashion from me, but that’s not what I take,” said Elizabeth Saltzman at the opening of the E. Tautz charity photography exhibition in London’s Mayfair. Saltzman’s image of light rays was taken during a museum visit. “I like that fact that it’s something private, then taken public,” she said.
Saltzman was among those who contributed images to the E. Tautz show, organized by the brand’s owner and creative director Patrick Grant. The show is called “150” to mark the brand’s 150th anniversary and took place at the Duke Street flagship on Tuesday evening.
Guests including Louise Gray, James Long and his sister Charlotte, joined the crowd on the lower level of the store and viewed works on display. There was imagery by Long, and fellow designer Agi Mdumulla, Sam Cotton, Charles Jeffrey, Claire Barrow, Henry Holland, Kit Neale, Liam Hodges, Louise Gray, Nigel Cabourn and Roksanda Ilincic. The images will remain on display until July 6, and their creators will remain anonymous until the moment of purchase.
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Pierre Cardin Plans Exhibition, Fashion Show, Fund-raiser for Preservation Society of Newport County

IN THE OFF-SEASON: Pierre Cardin’s summer plans will include a trip to Newport, R.I. to host a fashion show at The Breakers mansions.
One hundred fifty tickets are up for grabs for the June 17 event, which will features 90 looks from the designer’s epic career and will double as a fund-raiser for the Preservation Society of Newport County, which works to protect the architectural, decorative arts, landscape and social history of the area’s 11 historic properties and landscapes. After the show, guests will wish Cardin an early happy 95th birthday with a cake during the Champagne reception on the loggia.
Known as the grandest of Newport’s summer “cottages,” The Breakers was originally built for Cornelius Vanderbilt as a 70-room Italian Renaissance-style palazzo inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. Architect Richard Morris Hunt recruited a legion of international craftsmen and artisans to design the manse which includes relief sculpture by Karl Bitter.
Those who aren’t able to secure one of the $ 250, $ 500 or $ 1,000 tickets to “Pierre Cardin: A Gala Celebration,” will be able to check out “Pierre Cardin: 70 Years of Innovation” at Rosecliff, another Bellevue Avenue mansion.
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Giorgio Armani Unveils Larry Fink Exhibition

FINK TWICE: The sleek and minimalist Armani/Silos space emphasized Larry Fink’s beautiful and striking black-and-white photos, displayed as part of the exhibition “The Beats and The Vanities, Larry Fink,” running until the end of July. “This gave me the opportunity to glance at a world that was distant from mine, not so perfect and not part of me,” said Giorgio Armani at the opening event on Tuesday, carefully observing the images. “It allowed me to come out of my rigorous, perfectionist world, but then you see that the poses, the lights, the cut of the photos seem studied inch by inch. Each take is the perfect choice.”
The exhibit comprises 125 original black-and-white photographs, of which 54 are from Fink’s book “The Beats,” chronicling his hitchhiking trip through America in the late Fifties. The other 71 are from “The Vanities,” his portfolio of images interpreting Vanity Fair’s Oscar parties and Hollywood events in the 2000 to 2009 period. This is the first time they are all displayed together.
Armani was upbeat about the potential of the Silos, which can also become a source of inspiration. “I always said that I wanted to hold events here beyond fashion. Milan needs to be alive,

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Design Museum Helsinki Launches ‘Enter and Encounter’ Exhibition With a Futuristic Spin

Scandinavian countries are known to take the lead in terms of promoting its multidisciplinary designers on the international stage, so it’s fitting that the Design Museum Helsinki and the Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo have launched an exhibition for the centenary of Finnish independence.
More than 1,000 designers and supporters turned up Thursday night in Helsinki to examine how design is challenging the present and shaping the future, according to Päivi Balomenos, the museum’s public relations and communications director. For the first time, six different rooms were set up for the “Enter and Encounter” exhibition, which is meant to have a forward-thinking spin about design and society. The themes are Techno Pastoral, Global Finn, Ecologies, Post-Industrial Crafts, Urban and Soft Systems. The work of Irene Kostas, the designer behind the ONAR clothing label, and Elina Määttänen, who has her own signature collection, are among the show’s 45 resources. There is also a maternity package to help new mothers in underdeveloped places be equipped for child care.
“Compared to the Finnish design history, the idea of design used to be very much product-based and now it has totally changed. It can actually be all kinds of things,” Balomenos said. “For example, in this

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Phoenix Art Museum Unveils ‘Yeohlee|Serra’ Exhibition, Combining Fashion and Art

UNDER THE DESERT SUN: The Yeohlee Teng designs that are now on view in the Phoenix Art Museum’s “Yeohlee|Serra” exhibition were a long time coming.
Curator Dennita Sewell first saw Yeohlee’s pieces, when she was a collections manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. “She saw them there and I guess they stayed with her for a very long time.” Teng said. “That was in 1995 and the pieces were from spring of 1992.”
Sewell said, “I was there when they were donated and I just always remembered how striking they were. You can imagine in that environment where there are so many great things, and they made such an impression on me — the graphic nature [of the pieces], the originality. I believe she came in and talked about the zero waste [principle] and how they had been sewed from seven meters.”
The compact exhibition juxtaposes Teng’s ivory and black designs opposite Richard Serra’s oil-stick paintings. The artist is known to heat black paint stick sometimes to a fluid state to create elemental forms. But Teng noted, “Both bodies of work happened independently of each other. They just happened in the same time frame but in different disciplines.”
Another curator, Susan Sidlauskas,

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Gianfranco Ferré Exhibition To Be Unveiled in Italy

The Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré will host an exhibition to celebrate the late designer’s vision. Running from April 21 to June 18, the “Gianfranco Ferré. Moda, un racconto nei disegni,” — or “Gianfranco Ferré. Fashion, a tale in drawings” — exhibit will showcase more than 100 sketches in the 15th-century Santa Maria della Pietà cultural center in the city of Cremona, located a 90-minute drive from Milan and home to Ferré’s mother.
A former hospital for lepers, the venue’s 530-foot-long hall and essential architecture will serve as a stage for modular panels showcasing the rectangular drawings, which will be divided into groups according to thematic or chromatic affinities rather than following a chronological order. A small section of large-scale sketches will stand out at the core of the exhibit, while some of the designer’s fashion creations will also be included.
“There will be only a limited array of clothes because the whole focus of the exhibition is the drawings,” said Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré’s director Rita Airaghi, underscoring how such garments will be added to show the complete transposition of the designer’s vision in three-dimensional shapes, volumes and textures.
In addition to retracing the history of Ferré’s fashion collections, the exhibit aims to highlight the creativity and evolution

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Manolo Blahnik Unveils Exhibition in Milan

“Joy” is the word shoe designer Manolo Blahnik used to sum up 46 years of his career, displayed and celebrated in Milan through a new exhibition. Running from Jan. 26 to April 9, the “Manolo Blahnik. The Art of Shoes” retrospective showcases 212 shoes — selected among more than 30,000 styles — and 80 sketches in the suggestive, 18th-century location of Palazzo Morando, situated in the city’s tony district near Via Montenapoleone.
“I do all this with immense joy,” Blahnik said about his activity, admitting that money has never been on his mind while sketching a pair of shoes, but everything he has ever worked on has been done “just because I like it.”

Manolo Blahnik attending the exhibition on his name in Milan. 
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Curated by Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz, who worked on the project for the past two years, the exhibition intends to celebrate Blahnik’s work as a form of art, highlighting the designer’s creativity, vision and craftsmanship. Divided in six areas according to Blahnik’s leitmotifs and inspirations, the venue includes the “Gala” section, displaying the most imaginative styles, such as the ones created for Sofia Coppola’s movie “Marie Antoinette.” Dedicated corners focusing on materials, art, architecture and the many geographical

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Fondation Louis Vuitton Prolongs Shchukin Exhibition

GETTING AN EXTENSION: For those who have not yet had the chance to check out the landmark “Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection” exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, there is good news. The show, which was set to close in late February, has been extended until March 5, making it the perfect break in a packed schedule during Paris Fashion Week.
One of the greatest art patrons of the early 20th century, Sergei Shchukin was a visionary Russian collector of French modern art. Regrouping 130 major works from his collection, some shown for the first time together since they were separated during the Russian Revolution, the exhibition has attracted more than 600,000 visitors since it opened in October.

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Sanyo Shokai Holds Exhibition for 100-Year Trenchcoat

NEW YORK — Sanyo Shokai, the Japanese apparel company founded in 1943 by Nobuyuki Yoshihara, is putting the spotlight on its 100-year coat with an exhibition at 434 Greenwich Street here that runs until Dec. 13.
Titled “Let Your Story Begin,” the exhibition focuses on the journey of a man, which is contrasted with the life span of Sanyo Shokai’s 100-year coat. Life artifacts — a camera, subway map, wallet, passport, etc. — hang from the ceiling and are surrounded by multiple styles of the 100-year trenchcoat at different phases.
“So often now people buy many things and then throw them away,” said Jun Kwon, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Sanyo Shokai in the U.S. “We want people to pass this down to their children and grandchildren.”
The coat line is broken up into two collections: plaid, which features a Sanyo plaid lining under the collar, and plain. Within these collections there are two styles of coats — double and single breasted — that come in three different lengths. The 100-year coat was introduced in Japan three years ago and to the U.S. market shortly after.
According to Kwon, the coat, which is made in Japan, is constructed through 481 processes

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New Pierre Hardy Exhibition Showcases a Voyeuristic Reinterpretation of the Designer’s Archive

“Just show me half a centimeter of a heel, and I instantly recognize the model which I created,” said Pierre Hardy. “It’s like a puzzle, one piece reveals the entire image.”
Thursday night saw the opening of the “Walk With Pierre Hardy” exhibition in Paris. The show was the culmination of a collaborative project between the cobbler and photography students from ECAL/University of Art and Design, Lausanne, Switzerland. Together with course tutor Philippe Jarrigeon (the fashion photographer behind the campaign for Marni’s collaboration with Zalando), Hardy selected 15 models from his archive. Each student was allocated a shoe (they drew lots, to make it fair) and visually reinterpreted it using the medium of photography.
“The students told me what they wanted to express,” said Hardy. “I used to be a teacher myself [at Paris’ Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Appliqués Duperré, where I taught scenography], so the challenge was to not act as a teacher and guide them but to be a client as if they were pitching a campaign to me.”
Each representation brought out an underlying quality in the shoes, he said. His Blade shoe, one of the first he ever created, was treated by Anais Leu “like a kinky shoe, a Saturday

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Passing Around the Doctor’s Pet (Bimbo Aphrodisiac MFM Menage Exhibition Erotica)

Passing Around the Doctor’s Pet (Bimbo Aphrodisiac MFM Menage Exhibition Erotica)


Hopelessly struck by Dr. James Vellano’s good looks, celebrity renown, and of course his erotic pleasure therapy techniques, Kelly Mundson has surrendered herself to the famous researcher’s experimental project to create the perfect sex kitten: voluptuous, horny, and eager to please. A month ago she was just a shy intern drifting without direction, but through intense and extensive pleasure therapy – along with the physical modifications that have given her the body to make any man go wild – she has proven a flawless test subject for the doctor’s highly charged experiments in creating his ideal bimbo. In the wake of his success, Dr. Vellano’s lab is moving to a private facility and he’s sent Kelly to stay with his friend across town. But after weeks living in a world of eager obedience and simple pleasures, she’s become dependent on the man that transformed her – and on the pleasure treatment regimen that satisfied her overcharged sex drive. Deprived of them both, the sheltered, pleasure-loving test subject soon finds herself helplessly horny and helplessly lost in the big city, trying to pretend she doesn’t have a body specifically designed to make all the men around her wild with desire. She wants to be a good girl and find Dr. Vellano’s friend, but soon she’ll be unable to resist even the most casual advances, and it’s only a matter of time before someone comes along to take advantage of the situation. Reader Advisory: This story is for mature audiences only and features intensely erotic situations, bimbofication, the use of potent aphrodisiacs, multiple partners and rough group sex, public exhibition, a dominant older man and the increasingly submissive, fertile young subject of his experiments. All characters are 18 or older. ExcerptMy skimpy clothes were clinging to me as I stepped in out of the rain. I was shivering, just a little bit, and it felt good to close the door behind me and feel the warm air of the bar wash over my chilled body, even if the mingling sme

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Met to Sell Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake and Other Designer Products Inspired by ‘Manus x Machina’ Exhibition

NEW YORK — The opening of “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is still a few weeks away, but limited-edition designer merchandise inspired by the exhibition has already been selected.
As of May 5, museum goers will find jewelry, handbags, scarves, stationery, books and postcards amidst the more than 150 items. As a nod to the fact that fashion insiders like to be first, the museum will launch the collection online May 2 to celebrate this year’s Met Ball that night. All of the merchandise will be offered in its Fifth Avenue main-floor store on May 5, timed to the official exhibition opening for the public.
Gleaning shopping preferences from the in-store assortment that was offered for last year’s blockbuster “China: Through the Looking Glass” show, The Met’s retail team is focusing on smaller items that retail for $ 500 or less. Small, lightweight items that are not cumbersome for tourists or out-of-towners to carry in their bags or stash in suitcases are consistently popular, according to a staffer in the museum’s retail division. Exclusive offerings include a $ 385 silk chiffon Alexander McQueen scarf. With prices ranging from $ 425 to $ 925, Issey

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Pratt Gearing up for ‘Coded Couture’ Exhibition

PRATT’S NEW CODE: For many New York-based designers, the February edition of fashion week is pressing, but the Pratt Manhattan Gallery has already set its “Coded_Couture” exhibition. Relying on coding for customized garments and accessories, the show will spotlight 10 designers and feature video projections, objects, drawings, photographs and apps meant to give visitors insight into what the future of fashion may hold. Curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of C2 Curatorsquared, the exhibition will open Feb. 11 and run through April 30. A dress by Dutch designer Melissa Coleman that uses a speech recognition system to analyze voice stress as an indicator of untruthfulness will be featured. The dress lights up and administers shocks based on the wearer’s responses, in order to “train” the wearer to be more truthful. There will also be a skirt that displays live Twitter feeds or changes color based on real-time audience input, by British design team CuteCircuit’s Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz. Visitors will be encouraged to interact with the piece using a specially created hashtag. The gallery is at 144 West 14th Street.
During the September runway shows, Zac Posen was among the first New York designers to play up

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David Collins Studio Looks Back, and Ahead With Exhibition

PART OF THE FURNITURE: David Collins Studio marked 30 years in the interiors business with a flash exhibition at Phillips in London that looked backward — and forward in time. The 24-hour show, “Past Present Future,” addressed those themes, with highlights including a martini cart swiped from The Connaught Hotel’s bar — whose decor is a contemporary riff on Edwardian splendor — and endless images of the restaurants, hotels and private homes that glow with that distinctive Collins halo.
Interiors are filled with rich color palettes, textured surfaces, offbeat details — such as the little gold Champagne buzzers at Bob Bob Ricard in Soho — and, most importantly, flattering lighting able to make even sleep-deprived individuals glow.
The exhibition featured images, sketches, Post-it notes from Collins, swatches and even an example of the delicate molding — with a feathery wing pattern — that Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen’s creative director, created with the studio for the store interiors. There were images of the Graff estate in South Africa — where the terrace follows the curve of the mountainside — and examples of the painted silk and hand-stitched panels of Hyde Park at The London hotel in Manhattan. The interiors of Collins own apartment

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Karl Lagerfeld to Get Photo Exhibition in Paris

KARL IN THE FRAME: Karl Lagerfeld trains his camera on wherever his varied interests take him: fashion, architecture, Paris at night and all manner of personalities.
All that and more will be reflected in “Karl Lagerfeld: A Visual Journey,” an exhibition of his photography slated to open Oct. 16 and run until March 20 at the Pinacothèque de Paris, a private museum just behind the Madeleine Church.
The showcase is being chosen by publisher Gerhard Steidl and Eric Pfrunder, image director at Chanel and one of the designer’s chief image collaborators, who in 1987 encouraged Lagerfeld to try his hand shooting the photos for a Chanel press kit. That would open up a new career path for the German designer, who would go on to shoot campaigns for Chanel, Fendi, Dior Homme and others, along with editorial shoots, and a slew of artistic projects for exhibitions or books.
“People always want to know about my style of photography. I can’t answer that,” according to Lagerfeld. “That’s up to viewers to decide. I don’t have a style, but several, or none. You should never stay still, neither in life, nor in fashion, nor in photography.”
Similarly, Lagerfeld experiments with all kinds of photographic and printing

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Minnie Mouse Style Exhibition Lands in London

MOUSE IN THE HOUSE: Challenging the notion that the fashion world takes itself too seriously is the “Minnie: Style Icon” exhibition at Blacks Members Club. Walt Disney’s Minnie Mouse was a fashionista from the outset after all: SHE made her debut alongside Mickey in a 1928 animation based on the Twenties flapper as portrayed by actress Colleen Moore, and her signature polka dot skirt was inspired by Coco Chanel’s Easy Jersey collection.
The show, a partnership between Disney and the British Fashion Council, explores the character of the world’s most stylish mouse and her influence on fashion and pop culture via archive imagery, sketches, celebrity portraits and fashion spreads. It also showcases exclusive photography by model Georgia May Jagger.
Highlights include Herb Ritts’ 1987 shot of Madonna sporting a pair of mouse ears in her Tokyo hotel room; a similarly accessorized Chanel Iman on the back of an elephant for Vogue Germany; and pictures from earlier this year of British fashion designer Ashley William’s Minnie Style collection for Dazed magazine starring Georgia May Jagger – not to mention Jagger’s own snaps of Minnie in a domestic setting. “I’m really excited to be including my own photographic work, interpreting Minnie’s style and making

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Luciano Benetton Brings “Imago Mundi” Art Exhibition Back to Venice

Two years after launching at the Querini Stampalia Foundation, an expanded version of Luciano Benetton’s “Imago Mundi: Map of the New Art” traveling exhibition is making a return to Venice. The new version will be open from Sept. 1 to Nov. 1 at the Giorgio Cini Foundation.
The exhibition will include 6,930 works — all measuring 3.9 inches by 4.7 inches — by both emerging and established artists from around the world.
Part of the Luciano Benetton Collection, “Imago Mundi: Map of the New Art” aims to break social and cultural boundaries and divisions by highlighting the universality of artistic language.
“Ideas, meanings and inspirations are not monopolized products, but fluid and evolving expressions born of interaction and communication between East and West, North and South, and through the convergence of cultural experience,” Benetton said. “We look to the new frontiers of art—personalities, countries, emerging languages and different cultures—to foster openness towards the world and the coexistence of expressive diversity.”
By the end of the year, the constantly evolving art project, which is supported by the Benetton Studies and Research Foundation, will have involved more than 20,000 artists from 100 countries via art exhibitions, catalogues, events, as well as the imagomundiart.com online platform.

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Luciano Benetton Brings “Imago Mundi” Art Exhibition Back to Venice

Two years after launching at the Querini Stampalia Foundation, an expanded version of Luciano Benetton’s “Imago Mundi: Map of the New Art” traveling exhibition is making a return to Venice. The new version will be open from Sept. 1 to Nov. 1 at the Giorgio Cini Foundation.
The exhibition will include 6,930 works — all measuring 3.9 inches by 4.7 inches — by both emerging and established artists from around the world.
Part of the Luciano Benetton Collection, “Imago Mundi: Map of the New Art” aims to break social and cultural boundaries and divisions by highlighting the universality of artistic language.
“Ideas, meanings and inspirations are not monopolized products, but fluid and evolving expressions born of interaction and communication between East and West, North and South, and through the convergence of cultural experience,” Benetton said. “We look to the new frontiers of art—personalities, countries, emerging languages and different cultures—to foster openness towards the world and the coexistence of expressive diversity.”
By the end of the year, the constantly evolving art project, which is supported by the Benetton Studies and Research Foundation, will have involved more than 20,000 artists from 100 countries via art exhibitions, catalogues, events, as well as the imagomundiart.com online platform.

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London Gallery to Mount Elizabeth Taylor Exhibition

GETTY’S GLAM GIRL: Getty Images Gallery will mount a retrospective on Elizabeth Taylor and her fight to stamp out HIV and AIDS. Staged in connection with the Elizabeth Taylor Trust and The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation, “Grit and Glamour” is to commemorate Taylor’s 30-year involvement in raising awareness about the illness. “Grit and Glamour” will feature 50 photographs ranging from studio portraits and contact sheets to backstage images, behind-the-scenes imagery and unpublished photos of Taylor’s career and philanthropic work.
“The aim of the exhibition was to celebrate Ms. Taylor’s courageous work in raising awareness of HIV/AIDS when it was hardly spoken about, and the title reflects this,” said Getty Images Gallery curator Susanna Harrison. “We wanted the images to reflect her incredible spirit and determination, whilst at the same time showcasing her legendary beauty and rise to become one of Hollywood’s best-loved actresses. Images range from her days as a teenage star and attending her first gala events right up to establishing her AIDS foundation. They show her as a wife, mother and actress with both candid shots and classic portraits,” she told WWD.
The show is to run from Oct. 9 to Nov. 7 at Getty Images Gallery in London. It will then

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The Cinema Makers: Public Life and the Exhibition of Difference in South-Eastern and Central Europe Since the 1960s

The Cinema Makers: Public Life and the Exhibition of Difference in South-Eastern and Central Europe Since the 1960s


The Cinema Makers” investigates how cinema spectators in southeastern and central European cities became cinema makers through such practices as squatting in existing cinema spaces, organizing cinema “events,” writing about film, and making films themselves. Drawing on a corpus of interviews with cinema activists in Germany, Austria, and the former Yugoslavia, Anna Schober compares the activities and artistic productions they staged in cities such as Vienna, Cologne, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Ljubljana, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Subotica, Zagreb, and Sarajevo. The resulting study illuminates the differences and similarities in the development of political culture-and cinema’s role in that development-in European countries with pluralist-democratic, one-party socialist, and post-socialist traditions.

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Hermès Opens Wanderland Exhibition

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: Hermès is taking a trip — to nowhere in particular — with an exhibition that opens today dedicated to flânerie, or the act of wandering the city streets and drinking in the details of everyday life. Wanderland will run until May 2 at the Saatchi Gallery in London, and move to Paris in September, Turin, Italy, in December and China next year.
Hermès has dedicated 2015 to the theme of flânerie and transformed an upper floor of the gallery into a series of whimsical and surreal settings across 11 rooms. One features vintage walking sticks — including one for the dandy, with a built-in bit of chalk for cleaning the collar and a brush for dusting down the suit — while another is filled with graffiti created by the artist known as Cept, and another with floor panels that “talk” when a visitor walks on them. A café dedicated to lost objects features little tables inset with pocket watches or tiny paint boxes that, on closer inspection, feature film screens the size of postage stamps. A pillbox and glass bottle on one table glow with psychedelic colors while the image of a lady dances at

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Amy Arbus Sets Milan Exhibition

The American photographer did a photo shoot featuring Marina Rinaldi’s fall collection.

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Art Exhibition Champions Blemishes, Pimples, Scars And Other Glorious Flaws

For much of the world, a zit is something to be eradicated, a pimple covered up. Wrinkles, scars, bumps and blemishes of any kind are best hidden and hopefully obliterated, bringing the host of said flaws one step closer to physical perfection.

That being said, when have artists ever wanted to be like everybody else?

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Rebecca Morgan Self Portrait Wearing My Favorite Scarf and Sweater/My Face The Fattest It’s Ever Been, 2013 Oil and graphite on panel 14 x 12 inches

An exhibition at Invisible Exports, titled “Fetching Blemish,” glorifies all your hairy moles, your chipped teeth, your discolored flesh and your ingrown toenail, too. The show features artists working in portraiture and figurative work that revel in our human defects, the various bloody, fuzzy, off-center things that make us who we are.

The group show explores physical deformities as manifestations of inner turmoil, ugliness as a crucial element of identification and self-horror as an opportunity for liberation and even transcendence.

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Cindy Sherman Untitled #362 from the Hollywood/Hampton Types series 2000 color coupler print mounted on foamcore 27 x 18 inches 68.6 x 45.7 cm Edition 3/6 signed, numbered and dated ‘Cindy Sherman 2000 3/6’ (on the reverse)

The ecstatically grotesque exhibition features work from emerging names like Genieve Figgis and Rebecca Morgan alongside beloved artists Cindy Sherman and Nicole Eisenman. It’s also a female-heavy roster, which we don’t mind one bit.

Rebecca Morgan’s self portraits funnel the artist’s visage through a Robert Crumb-style funhouse mirror, ballooning her flaws into hypnotic aberrations, turning the figurative portraits into a caricature’s freakish cousin. Queen of glamorous self-contortion, Cindy Sherman dons the disguise of a gnarled Hollywood vamp, skewing her appearance just beyond recognition. And Celeste Dupuy-Spencer’s oil paintings, straddling figuration and abstraction, muddle brushstrokes and human flesh, rendering murky visions of swamp girls and pizza delivery men that feel like half-remembered visions of a dream you’re desperately trying to forget.

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Celeste Dupuy-Spencer Phoenicia Pizza Teen Oil on canvas 24 x 18 inches

The artists on view vary in generation, medium and style — though all consider themselves outsiders in some sense of the word. Their work often reacts to the dominant contemporary culture, which claims to accept and cherish difference, and hold the importance of self-acceptance and self-love above all else.

Yet, as Invisible Exports explains, “To many, those shibboleths are a foreign language, a small consolation and perhaps even an affronting falsehood — offering a narrative of full-inclusion that is so basically at odds with the lived intimate experience of otherness, no matter the cultural conditions, it can only be, for all its political virtue, an inert impersonal mantra and expressive nonstarter (and therefore its own kind of otherness). Ugliness is a much murkier, more enriching stew.”

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Amy Sedaris Archival pigment print 2 x 2 inches Edition of 10

“Fetching Blemish” runs until February 15 at INVISIBLE-EXPORTS in New York. The other artists on view include Wolfgang Black, Nicole Eisenman, Genieve Figgis, Dan McCarthy, Aurie Ramirez and Amy Sedaris. Get a heavy helping of pretty ugly in the artworks below.


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In Santa Barbara: A Masterfully Presented Delacroix Exhibition

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is currently presenting Delacroix and the Matter of Finish featuring 27 paintings and 18 works on paper: it is the first exhibition of works by Eugène Delacroix in the U.S. in over a decade. At its heart is a previously unknown version of the artist’s dramatic rendering of The Last Words of Marcus Aurelius, a canvas from a Santa Barbara private collection which has recently been authenticated by the museum’s Assistant Director and Chief Curator, Eik Kahng.

The show is accompanied by a catalogue that features essays by Dr. Kahng; Marc Gotlieb, Director of the Graduate Program and Class of 1955 Memorial Professor of Art, Williams College; and Michèle Hannoosh, Professor of French, University of Michigan.

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Eugène Delacroix, The Last Words of Marcus Aurelius, n.d.

Oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 31 3/4 in.

Collection: The van Asch van Wyck Trust.

In her role as a curator, Eik Kahng has been deeply involved in the design and installation of the exhibition. Since it is extremely difficult to do a Delacroix show in the United States — his monumental works are in Europe and rarely travel — Kahng sought ways to maximize the impact of the intimate selection of works on view and give them a rich context. “We wanted to maximize the potential for visitors to interpret the show on their own terms,” Kahng explains. In the final installation design a variety of elements — including texts, images, wall colors, music and digital technology — all make significant contributions.

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Installation View: A Brief History of the Life of Delacroix

Near the entrance to the exhibition visitors are greeted by a chronological history of the artist’s life which is interspersed with key images of his art. It provides a sense of historical and personal context and also provides an introduction to the evolution of the artist’s subjects and ideas over time.

As the show’s title suggests the issue of finish is extremely important in experiencing Delacroix’s oil paintings. Delacroix and the Matter of Finish is the first exhibition to invite side-by-side comparison between Delacroix’s paintings and the so-called “sketch-copies” by his closest students, Pierre Andrieu (1849-1935) and Louis de Planet (1814-1876). Delacroix’s oils tend to be executed with a certain roughness and his use of impasto caused him to be derided as a “pastry cook” painter during his lifetime.

The artist, who felt that his execution allowed viewers to complete his images and ideas in their own imaginations, has a distinctive hand that Eik Kahng wanted to be apparent and available in a variety of scales and contexts. To give visitors a sense of the monumentality and dynamism of Delacroix’s large works, the museum has installed digitally printed scale facsimiles adjacent to his actual works.

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Scale facsimiles: Delacroix’s Massacre at Chios (left)

Delacroix’s The Sultan of Morocco and his Entourage (right)

As a counterpoint, a group of tethered iPads available in the exhibition area are equipped with a specially developed “Delacroix” app which allows close inspection of the master’s surfaces which range from relatively tight to explosively abstract. The app also facilitates comparisons to paintings in the exhibition — including those of Delacroix’s students — and related works of art in other museums throughout the world.

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An exhibition visitor tries out SBMA’s Delacroix iPad app

The exhibition marks the first time rugs have been included in an SBMA exhibition. “They offer a sense of intimacy,” Eik Kahng explains, “and they help with acoustical issues presented by the high ceilings of our gallery.” As visitors peruse the show they hear Romantic music played at low levels via SONOS wireless speakers.

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Installation view: Delacroix and the Matter of Finish

Delacroix and the Matter of Finish has been presented with a sense of generosity and invention: it provides visitors with every tool they need to experience Delacroix’s works in their imaginative intensity. The exhibition’s thoughtful installation appeals both the the mind and the senses and lets every visitor feel welcomed, informed and engaged.

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Installation view: Delacroix and the Matter of Finish

Delacroix and the Matter of Finish
October 27, 2013 – January 26, 2014
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Museum Hours: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM, Thursdays 5-8PM
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