After debuting in Montreal in 2011 and traveling to San Francisco, Madrid, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Brooklyn and London, the blockbuster exhibit dedicated to the former "enfant terrible" of the Paris fashion scene, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, is finally coming to Paris' Grand Palais.
One of my favorite words in the English language is 'serendipity" and it is precisely thanks to serendipity that I made an exciting discovery this past couture season. An encounter at a cocktail party led me to a showroom in the Marais where, along with Christian Pouliot of Le Modalogue, I discovered and quickly became smitten with Toogood.
Notions of elegance tend to vary with time, culture and individual sensibilities. Western notions of elegance for instance have evolved considerably over the decades reflecting the evolution of social and cultural mores. Women sporting trousers are no longer denied entrance to elegant restaurants and men can generally dispense with tie & jacket except perhaps in the most stuffy of private clubs. Elegance, in other words, is a relative concept.
Today is Valentine's Day, a holiday long associated with tacky marketing designed to sell red roses and heart-shaped chocolate. Many (myself included) object to its insipidness and to the fact that it contributes to trivializing notions of love and commitment. The recent debate over marriage equality throughout Europe and North America however has inspired me to see the day in a more forgiving light.
If the names Irving Penn, Erwin Blumenfeld, Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, Clifford Coffin, André Kertész, William Klein, David Bailey, Helmut Newton, Deborah Turbeville and Annie Leibovitz mean anything to you, then you have the exacting eye and flair for talent of one man to thank: Alexander Liberman.
Frances McLaughlin-Gill photographing Bettina Graziana.
Fans of fashion photography have something to look forward to in March. The Musée de la mode de la ville de Paris (aka the Palais Galliera) is hosting "Coming into Fashion, a Century of Photography at Condé Nast", a traveling exhibit of 150 photographs drawn from the archives of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour and W.
Art or fashion? Does it matter?
It hardly takes a rocket scientist to realize that traditional boundaries between creative disciplines are rapidly melting away. Nowhere is this more prominently on display than in the contemporary art and fashion worlds. International art events like Frieze and especially Art Basel Miami have become as much a fashion "happening" as a contemporary art gathering with many of fashion's usual suspects (designers, "it" girls, luxury brands) present and accounted for. And, of course, blockbuster fashion-themed exhibits in leading museums around the world have now become commonplace.
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