As an Anniversary Celebration, Master took dievca to the Metropolitan Museum to see the Costume Institute’s About Time: Fashion and Duration.
Due to COVID, rain, and it being “Member Mondays” – the Museum was amazing in its emptiness. It was a rare pleasure to wander and absorb the Art in a very leisurely manner. Something dievca and Master may never experience, again.
Another post will be coming about the offerings from the Exhibition – this blog post is about what dievca wore:
A lunch date at the Met.
What does a submissive wear?
What will Master’s dievca wear?
she cannot think…
she’s out of practice…
she just cleared out her closet…
Not to panic, there has to be something in there:
Thanks for helping dievca think it through.
And Master just reminded dievca – no toys in the bag. Bag check. XO
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly.
You are the butterfly.
Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen SS2011, "Butterfly Dress"
A gift for the Sir or Madame who appreciates fashion.
dievca picked this up at the Met for her Master.
A small touch of Fashion insider knowledge –what is it?
A quirky leather bookmark inspired by Japanese footwear. Celebrating The Costume Institute exhibition Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology at The Met, in which inventive creations by Maison Margiela were on view.
The cult fashion label expresses its creativity by recycling, transforming, and reinterpreting the quotidian in unexpected ways. The Tabi bookmark displays Maison Martin Margiela’s signature avant-garde sensibility. Handmade in France with the logo stamped in gold.
EDIT FROM OLIVIA KIM: “Always provocative and witty, Maison Martin Margiela accessories are fun and collectible. I love the Tabi bookmark, based on the insole from his iconic split-toe shoes. This is a perfect companion with the Manus x Machina exhibition catalog.”
And where does it come from?
The Footprint of the Iconic Tabi Boots –
A staple for Maison Margiela since A/W 1995-1996
dievca’s gift to Master for His last birthday. He reads, a lot.
Charis Wilson, the model for this series, admitted to being shocked upon seeing Weston’s nudes for the first time, as she had previously known only the romantically retouched photographs of bodies then popular. In studying Weston’s work she found, “I couldn’t get past the simple amazement at how real they were. Then I began to see the rhythmic patterns, the intensely perceived sculptural forms, the subtle modulations of tone, of which these small, perfect images were composed. And I began to appreciate the originality of the viewpoint that had selected just these transitory moments and made them fast against the current of time.”
I see You clearly
in this Game of Madness
Push and Pull
It’s a Dance
driven by Cause and Effect
dievca wanted to show her Mom some of the photos she took at the Metropolitan Museums of Art’s Costume Institutes Spring 2016 Exhibition (future post):
Looking at the photos on her mobile phone just didn’t do it and she didn’t want to upload them to the computer.
She found a solution:
Smartphone Projector 2.0 | screen magnifier | UncommonGoods
This retro projector accommodates any phone up to 3 x 6 inches and displays your videos, photos, or text on a wall at up to 8x magnification. Simply slide the back compartment in and out to focus the image, then let the glass lens do its magnifying work without the need to connect to a power source. The corrugated cardboard structure offers two slots for speakers or a phone charger. Made in China.
Hmm, dievca can think of some other uses for the Smartphone Cinema….how ’bout you? 😀
Romain de Tirtoff (French [born Russia], 1892–1990), better known as Erté, was a frequent and much-loved guest of New York City. dievca had the opportunity to appreciate his vision for shoes at the Met this summer.
In honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the artist’s death, a small selection from the designs acquired by the Metropolitan Museum were on view in the Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Gallery. The selection focused on the designs Erté created for the New York shoe manufacturer Herman Delman, who founded his company in 1919 with one small shoe store on Madison Avenue. Delman’s philosophy was to offer a limited selection of shoes that each stood for comfort and quality, but were also true eye-catchers during a night out on the town. This vision resonated well with what he had thus far seen from Erté in Harper’s Bazar, and he approached the artist to create designs for his firm. While the collaboration lasted for several years, only the gouaches seem to have survived.
Though the shoes designed by Erté for Delman have diminished, the vast collection of the Museum’s Costume Institute offers some other examples of Delman shoes from the same time period. They allow a glimpse of the uniqueness and modernity that characterized a fashionable shoe design during the 1930’s.
(click on photos for more detail)
dievca continued her “All Chinese Weekend” with meeting her friend from the West Coast at the Metropolitan Museum. Immediately upon opening (10:00 am) they “ran” to the CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS exhibit which exposed them to the dark ambiance and red “lanterns”.
This lighting really annoyed Master when He went with his friend from the West Coast, but it didn’t bother dievca and her friend — other than taking photos was really hard. The jostling crowds didn’t help. dievca lost photos of descriptions of items and the reflection on glass was distracting. Let her share what pieces she was able to collect:
This exhibition explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion is juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery.
From the earliest period of European contact with China in the sixteenth century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from the East, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent, whose fashions are infused at every turn with romance, nostalgia, and make-believe. Through the looking-glass of fashion, designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions.
The Fashion and Museum offerings were grouped by themes: Blue/White Porcelain, Opium Trade, Asians in Hollywood: Anna May Wong, Silk Trade, Asian Films, Ming Furniture, People’s Republic of China, Moon In Water, Manchu Robe, etc.
The exhibition features more than 140 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art. Filmic representations of China are incorporated throughout to reveal how our visions of China are framed by narratives that draw upon popular culture, and also to recognize the importance of cinema as a medium through which to understand the richness of Chinese history.
CHINA THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Some samples — a hint and a taste of Orientalism through a Looking Glass with an artist’s view of China.
Photos by dievca.
Yesterday, you read about dievca licking her wounds — that happened a couple of weeks ago. Later that week was dievca’s last open weekday before the Summer. she has a new work schedule for the next 2.5 months – and the weekdays are filled as well as one weekend day.
So, after her upset and on her last free Friday, dievca wanted to hit experiences that gave her the feeling of open space and Joy. She was seeking Solace in the City.
Going to the Hamptons was cancelled, the weather didn’t look good enough to take the train to Brighton Beach, Master couldn’t spend the day with her, and many friends were out of town….grrrr….
Here’s what happened: 7:45 am is the opening of Century 21 (the clothing store). dievca woke up, showered, got her oatmeal/coffee and caught the E train. she wandered around the store, marvelling at the changes (her overall opinion is that it is not as fun as it used to be when it was messier…). dievca bought a Derek Lam 10 Crosby Gold Parka and MiH Jeans navy blue mesh t-shirt.
At 9:30 am, she caught the subway to the Upper East Side and got off at 86th and Lex, bought another coffee at a street vender and walked over to 5th Avenue. A few blocks down, she arrived at the Metropolitan Museum, timing her arrival for when it opened. The reason for the timing was to beat the crowds.
After a mad dash to the Egyptian Wing, dievca arrived in the Temple of Dendur Room. she sat down and absorbed the feeling of space and peace.
Meandering through the American Wing to get to the Rooftop Garden, dievca enjoyed some decorative arts and the feeling of joy.
Continuing on her way, she passed through the Medieval section and entered the European Arts Courtyard to enjoy the elegance and open intimacy.
she ran into a sculpture of “Summer” who is built like she is:
Up the elevator to the 5th floor, dievca was delighted to find an empty garden space and free seating to enjoy the sun and the view without a crowd.
Moving onward she entered the photography exhibition (click on the title to see more):
The Met was getting crowded and dievca’s sense of space was being invaded by tour groups — so, she made her way home in preparation for the 2nd half of her day of seeking Solace.
Part Two Coming Up!
Photos by dievca unless stated.
It is amazing how I see you when my mind has submitted and I am full of desire.
Master took dievca to The Metropolitan Museum on Mother’s Day to see:
Charles James: Beyond Fashion
dievca and Master are a good match in that they both enjoy Fashion. Master sees it as Art and dievca sees it as Joy. The trip to the museum was experienced after a gorgeous walk through Central Park.
The exhibition is split between two portions of the museum and the first-floor special exhibition galleries focussed on the imposing architecture of Charles James’s Ball Gowns from the 1940s through 1950s—the “Four-Leaf Clover,” “Butterfly,” “Tree,” “Swan,” and “Diamond”. The larger Gallery allowed the gowns to be displayed in their full 360 degree glory and used technology to illustrate the structure of the dresses and how they sculpted and reconfigured the female form.
In this section, dievca was in awe of the stately pieces and their technical structure but was left cold with all the architectural underpinnings and manipulations to create a form. Master found the dresses fascinating and true works of Art. Both, Master and dievca realized that Master’s mind works one-way and dievca’s another and that made for different favorite dresses.
Master seemed to prefer intricate structures which caused a person to focus on certain parts of the female anatomy.
Two of His Favorite Ball Gowns:
The front of this dress was referring to Georgia O’Keeffe’s Paintings,
offering the female reproductive area for view.
Master wanted to open the curtains and see what was behind the skirt.
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dievca sees Fashion in a more practical way and kept looking at the dresses with practicality in mind.
Could you get through a doorway? Would the dress flatter dievca’s ASSets.
dievca’s Favorite Ball Gown:
The Swan Dress — the softer tulle would make it easier to manage
and the cut would highlight dievca’s curves (read Ass).
Moving on to the second part of the exhibition was a treat for both Master and dievca. This newly renovated Anna Wintour Costume Institute housed pieces of Charles James “Everyday” wear and “Evening” gowns. The Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery focussed on Charles James’s biography via archival pieces including sketches, pattern pieces, swatches, and partly completed works from his last studio in New York City’s Chelsea Hotel. The evolution of specific designs, over decades, are also shown.
This section of the exhibition was friendlier and more functional than the Ball Gown section. The detailing was still exquisite, but the items could be worn more easily.
Upon entering the second section, dievca was immediately enamoured with a Silk Dressing Gown:
Master’s favorites included:
The Taxi Dress. Something with easy access. Is this the precursor to the Wrap Dress?
Apparently, Master likes a bit more structure with His Evening Gowns.
Whereas, dievca, preferred this version of an Evening Gown:
Both Master and dievca were in awe of Charles James coats and jackets.
James’ was quoted as saying, “You should know that my most important contribution was always in tailoring; coats, jackets, wool dresses… so few of which went into the magazines.”
Three favorite coats for both Master and dievca:
The first Down Puffer Coat!
And the piece which Master and dievca both agreed was the BEST!
Something that was unique, a classic that can be worn forever, by young and old Women, a piece that will never be dated:
The Cocoon Coat in Green Wool
The exhibition is much more extensive than dievca’s offerings. There are Charles James’ Quotes throughout the exhibition, they are great fun to read and think about.
If you are in NYC and have a chance to get to the Met — check it out.
dievca believes that this is what Charles James desired most — to be remembered.
(photos from around the web and from the Met)