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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Throwback Thursday " Marilyn Monroe"

A very cool photo of Marilyn Monroe from 1955 on the balcony of the Ambassador Hotel, located at Park Avenue between East 50 and 51st Streets. The photographer was Ed Feingersh (1924-1961). The neo-classical hotel, built in 1921, is no longer there. Marilyn Monroe, passed away in 1962, an amazing 56 years ago. You wonder what she must have been thinking just looking over this balcony at the busy streets of the city.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Mapping America's Road At The NY Historical Society

We are visiting the New York Historical Society today for some serious map history. This exhibit, Mapping America's Road , was on exhibit from November 3, 2017 to March 11, 2018. It is really a wonderful historical exhibit of maps from the 18th and early 19th centuries. 
I love their library area, such gorgeous stained glass 

I love seeing these old books from so many centuries ago 

The signature of George Washington! Way too cool,  I love how he signs with President after his name 

I really loved looking at this diary from 1776, so amazing for me it is still in decent condition. 

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Easter Brunch at The Wayfarer NYC

My new tradition of Easter brunch with the Milliners Guild is a fun time. My friend Ellen Christine is the President and is kind enough to invite me! The above photo shows the talented ladies who make the most amazing fashion accessories for your head (not my photo). 
The Milliners Guild, Inc is an organization of small millinery business owners and milliners who specialize in the design, production and promotion of handmade headwear. The group is committed to increasing the public profile of millinery as well as the public's awareness and interest in millinery products. 
We dined this year at The Wayfarer, which is located in the Quinn Hotel, where I stayed last year for the Easter holiday. It is a great spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Pink champagne is a must at Easter, don't you agree?  
Here are two of the lovely ladies with their amazing headpieces!  
Raw oysters were to die for!  
Burrata cheese (which is totally amazing) with prosciutto (Italian ham) was mouth watering  
Lobster burger and fries  
Colorado lamb burger with feta cheese and truffle fries  
Some folks did breakfast items, some did lunch which is why brunch is so popular in NYC! Everything was so amazing I cannot wait to go back again!  
Espresso is a nice way to end the brunch  
Chocolate hazelnut cake for dessert  
Creme brulee made with ricotta was really delish and not overly sweet 

If you are looking for a fine hat for a wedding or event, check out the talented ladies at the Milliners Guild NYC and if you are looking for amazing food in the city, visit The Wayfarer! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday!!

If you missed my post of the 2018 Easter Parade, you can still view it HERE.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

Fragment of a Floor Mosaic with a Personification of Ktisis, Byzantine, 500-550, with modern restoration, marble and glass;
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund and Fletcher Fund, 1998; Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, Dodge Fund, and Rogers Fund, 1999 (1998.69; 1999.99)

The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, on view from May 10 through October 8, 2018 (preceded on May 7 by The Costume Institute Benefit) will be presented in two Metropolitan Museum of Art locations: at The Met Fifth Avenue—in the medieval galleries, Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries for Byzantine Art, part of The Robert Lehman Wing, and the Anna Wintour Costume Center—and uptown at The Met Cloisters. The thematic exhibition will feature a dialogue between fashion and masterworks of medieval art in The Met collection to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism. A group of papal robes and accessories from the Vatican will travel to the United States to serve as the cornerstone of the exhibition, highlighting the enduring influence of liturgical vestments on designers.

The exhibition is made possible by Christine and Stephen A. Schwarzman, and Versace.

Additional support is provided by Condé Nast.

“The Catholic imagination is rooted in and sustained by artistic practice, and fashion’s embrace of sacred images, objects, and customs continues the ever-evolving relationship between art and religion,” said Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO of The Met. “The Museum’s collection of Byzantine and western medieval art, in combination with the architecture and galleries that house these collections at The Met, provide the perfect context for these remarkable fashions.”

In celebration of the opening, the Museum’s Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, will take place on Monday, May 7, 2018. The evening’s co-chairs will be Amal Clooney, Rihanna, Donatella Versace, and Anna Wintour. Christine and Stephen A. Schwarzman will serve as Honorary Chairs. The event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements.

“Fashion and religion have long been intertwined, mutually inspiring and informing one another,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. “Although this relationship has been complex and sometimes contested, it has produced some of the most inventive and innovative creations in the history of fashion.”

Exhibition Overview

The exhibition will feature approximately 40 ecclesiastical masterworks from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican. These will be on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center galleries and will include papal vestments and accessories, such as rings and tiaras, from the 18th to the early 21st century, encompassing more than 15 papacies. The last time the Vatican sent a loan of this magnitude to The Met was in 1983, for The Vatican Collections exhibition, which is the Museum’s third most-visited show.

In addition, more than 150 ensembles, primarily womenswear, from the early 20th century to the present will be shown in the Byzantine and medieval galleries, part of the Robert Lehman Wing, and at The Met Cloisters alongside medieval art from The Met collection, providing an interpretative context for fashion’s engagement with Catholicism. The presentation situates these designs within the broader context of religious artistic production to analyze their connection to the historiography of material Christianity and their contribution to the construction of the Catholic imagination.

Designers in the exhibition will include A.F.Vandevorst, Azzedine Alaïa, Cristobal Balenciaga, Geoffrey Beene, Marc Bohan (for House of Dior), Thom Browne, Roberto Capucci, Jean Charles de Castelbajac, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, Ann Demeulemeester, Sorelle Fontana, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (for Dolce & Gabbana), John Galliano (for House of Dior), Gattinoni, Jean Paul Gaultier, Craig Green, Madame Grès (Alix Barton), Demna Gvasalia (for Balenciaga), Rosella Jardini (for Moschino), Stephen Jones, Christopher Kane, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld (for House of Chanel), Jeanne Lanvin, Shaun Leane, Claire McCardell, Mariuccia Mandelli (for Krizia), Laura and Kate Mulleavy (for Rodarte), Thierry Mugler, Rick Owens, Carli Pearson (for Cimone), Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli (for Valentino), Pierpaolo Piccioli (for Valentino), Stefano Pilati (for Saint Laurent), Gareth Pugh, Simone Rocha, Yves Saint Laurent, Elsa Schiaparelli, Raf Simons (for his own label and House of Dior), Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren (for Viktor & Rolf), Olivier Theyskens, Josephus Thimister, Riccardo Tisci, Jun Takahashi (for Undercover), Philip Treacy, Donatella Versace (for Versace), Gianni Versace, Valentina, and Madeleine Vionnet.

Exhibition Credits
The exhibition—a collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters—is organized by Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, working together with colleagues in The Met’s Medieval department: C. Griffith Mann, Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters; Barbara Drake Boehm, Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior Curator for The Met Cloisters; Helen C. Evans, Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art; and Melanie Holcomb, Curator.

The interdisciplinary architecture and design firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) will create the exhibition design with The Met’s Design Department. Raul Avila will produce the gala décor, which he has done since 2007.

Related Content
A publication by Andrew Bolton will accompany the exhibition and will include texts by Barbara Drake Boehm, Marzia Cataldi Gallo, C. Griffith Mann, David Morgan, Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi, and David Tracy in addition to new images by Katerina Jebb. It will be published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press.

A special feature on the Museum’s website, provides further information about the exhibition. Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter to join the conversation about the exhibition and gala. Use #MetHeavenlyBodies, #CostumeInstitute, and #MetGala on Instagram and Twitter.

This exhibition looks to be pretty remarkable, in quality and size, with displays at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's 5th Avenue location AND The Met Cloisters. I would highly suggest you plan on attending this show and expect to be amazed! Be sure to follow me on Instagram for when I attend the press event for photos of the wonderful displays!

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Throwback Thursday "Babe Ruth"

The Great Bambino: In this September 30, 1936, Works Progress Administration, Federal Writerís Project, photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, a man hands a program to baseball legend Babe Ruth, center, as he is joined by his second wife Clare, center left, and singer Kate Smith, front left, in the grandstand during Game One of the 1936 World Series at the Polo Grounds in New York.

I really love this photo. I am a huge baseball fan, although have not been following lately. I love the vintage players, like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, who set the tone for the players today. There is so much detail in this photo. I love all the hats, men and women wore them daily in that time period. My Dad always wore some type of hat, and he looked good in them too! What fun it would be to go back in time, wouldn't it ? I would be thrilled to meet "The Babe" !! 

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