Posts Tagged ‘museums’

Chloé Attitudes

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

My time in Paris a few weeks ago happily coincided with the opening of the Chloé Attitudes exhibition at Palais de Tokyo. One of my favourite fashion houses in one of my favourite museum spaces, obviously I was there on day one, with bells on, etc etc. The exhibition has a surprisingly small footprint, but packs in a hell of a lot from Chloé’s 60 year archive, cleverly curated by the brilliant Judith Clark (curator of the Anna Piaggi Fashion-ology at the V&A back in 2006, that I loved so much that I still think about it 6 years later). As well as sketches and photographs, the looks are presented thematically, not chronologically, which really accentuates the agelessness and easy wearability that has defined the brand throughout the decades. Chloé founder Gaby Aghion is actually credited with pioneering the concept of Ready to Wear (prêt-à-porter that is), which to my shame I didn’t know prior to this exhibition. Thanks Gaby!

The exhibition closes on the 18th of November, catch it if you can. Highly recommended.

Virtual art gallery: Paris

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

André Derain

Henri Matisse

André Derain

Leonard Foujita

Henri Matisse

Jules Pascin

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse

André Derain

Marie Laurencin

Marie Laurencin

Marie Laurencin

Jean Fautrier

Paul Cezanne

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Claude Monet

Robert Delaunay

Raoul Dufy

Jean Metzinger

Raoul Dufy (so impressive in person, the sheer size of it)

Henri Matisse

Daniel Buren

Trawlin’ the archives

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011


Evening dress by Lanvin ca.1923 / Evening dress by Lanvin fall/winter 1923-24

When I’m procrastinating hard, one of my favourite things to do (apart from cute animal videos on youtube and falling in to a tumblr browsing blackhole) is to search through museum online archives. This is a collection of stuff I’ve found recently.


Evening dress by Lanvin fall/winter 1923-24


Evening dress by Lanvin ca.1923


Machine embroidered silk thread on silk hat label, Caroline Reboux 1900-1927


Autoperipatetikos (Mechanical or wind up dolls) by Martin & Runyon, 1862


A Garden, Albert Moore, 1869


Silk blouse by House of Lanvin, 1946


Machine embroidered silk label, Jeanne Lanvin, 1900-1920


Wedding dress by Boué Soeurs, 1927


Child’s chafing dish by John Aynsley & Sons Ltd, 1912-1918


Evening dress by House of Lanvin, 1920


Lady Clapham doll and her garters, unknown maker, 1690-1700


Children’s Afternoon at Wargemont (L’après-midi des enfants à Wargemont), Auguste Renoir, 1884


Cotton and silk dress by House of Lanvin, 1922


Cotton and silk dress by House of Lanvin, 1922


Watercolour design for printed cotton by William Kilburn ca. 1788-1792


Silk dress by House of Lanvin, 1922/ Straw and silk hat by House of Lanvin, ca.1985


Hearts are Trumps, Sir John Everett Millais, 1872


Pyjamas by Boué Soeurs, 1928 / Negligée by Boué Soeurs, ca.1929 / Lingerie by Boué Soeurs, 1927


Miniature by Louie Burrell, watercolour on ivory, early 20th century / Miniature by Henry Robert Robertson, watercolour on ivory, ca. 1890-1900


Mrs Carl Meyer and her Children, John Singer Sargent, 1896


Negligée by Boué Soeurs, ca.1929 / Lingerie by Boué Soeurs, 1927


Carved and painted wooden Toy horse, 1850-1910


Court Presentation Dress by Boué Soeurs, 1932-34


Layette pincushion, maker unknown, 1862


Pyjamas by Boué Soeurs, 1928


Miniature by Robertson, Janet S., 1913 / Miniature by N. H., Watercolour on ivory, 1900


The Balcony Room (Das Balkonzimmer), Adolph Menzel, 1845


Evening dress by Boué Soeurs, 1920-25 / Court Presentation Ensemble by Boué Soeurs, 1928

Designs for printed cotton by William Kilburn, watercolour on paper, ca.1788-1792

Massive thanks to the V&A and The Metropolitan Museum of Art for allowing us to see their awesome collections from home and Google Art Project for all their hard work.