Friday, September 24, 2010
There are days when my life feels completely surreal. One moment I'm pulling into the underground parking at LACMA and taking the glass elevator to a press preview of The Resnick Pavilion, an hour later I'm standing in the midst of what looks like a squalid scene from a third world country, otherwise known as a side street in the fashion district.
But back to the small chunk of magical time when I'm lost in the fabulous details of the newly acquired collection of European historical costumes, exclaiming aloud to myself over amazing details in the garments. You may have read Andre Leon Talley's recap in the new October Vogue, but there's nothing like seeing it in person!
Since I'm the kind of person who can spend hours staring at a well constructed sleeve, whether it's in the window of Valentino or in a museum, I'll spare you the details. But some of the highlights include the Paul Poiret turban with a turquoise cabochon and egret feathers, which is sure to inspire a fashionista or two this year.
I interviewed Sharon Takeda, LACMA head of costume and textiles and cocurator of the exhibition when the collection was first acquired, and remember how pleased she was by the acquisition of the leather corset and thigh-high lace up fetish boots. It was fun to finally see them in person.
Then there's a polite luncheon with the press, where I find myself enjoying a glass of watermelon juice handed to me by a gloved attendant, while I mute my cell phone and text back instructions for a different project I'm working on. Minutes later I'm heading downtown for the usual dickering with my wool supplier over whether my sample fabric will actually be available for production. After that, I'm on to the very unglamorous manufacturing facilities of my sewer and finally making it home in record time to sip a glass of La Crema and gaze at the ocean at The Rooftop. Believe it or not, there's even time to shop on my way home. I love supporting the local stores in Laguna and picked up a great black jacket that reminds me of Philip Lim at a fraction of the price...so that wraps up my week! What about you? How was your week?
Wishing you a stylish and wonderful weekend!
Photos: A turban by Paul Poiret from 1911, fetish boots and corset circa 1900 on display as part of LACMA’s Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail exhibit that opens t0 the public on October 2.