jeudi 30 juin 2011
mercredi 29 juin 2011
Best known as the master of haute couture, Cristóbal Balenciaga has had a major impact on style and sophistication since the creation of his first fashion house in 1917. He trademarked the “bubble skirt” and developed a knack for creating feminine, ultra-modern, and sometimes avant-garde designs. His haute couture pieces are not just clothing for the well-dressed but majestic artworks, which are finally on display. The Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa opened this past month in Getaria, a city in the Basque country of Spain. While not associated with fashion capitols such as Milan or Paris, the town is the most suited for this type of homage as it is Balenciaga’s hometown and where his grave is located.
The designer was greatly influenced by the surroundings of his hometown. His mother was a seamstress for the aristocracy and his father, a modest fisherman, drove boats for the royal family. He was constantly exposed to the regality of high society and the humble practicality of his parents. “Balenciaga is the essence of Spain,” Estrella Archs told the New York Times, who is concentrating on her own label after a brief stint at Ungaro. “There is a side that is very rustic and a side very sophisticated about Spain,” she said. “His work was sophisticated and very pure — his modernity was about being very simple, with a very Spanish modesty and pride.”
The building in which the collection and memorandum are held is a breathtaking structure built atop a hill with a sweeping view of Getaria’s landscape. It is symbolically built, next to the Palacio Aldamar, which is as the residence of the Marqués and Marquesa of Casa Torres, mentors to Balenciaga during the early days of his career. There are exquisite tinted-glass walls and an iron tracery of flowers, reminiscent of the magnificent embroidery on the designer’s evening wear. The museum cost upwards of $43 million, funded by the state in hopes of encouraging tourism in Getaria. At the opening of the museum last week, Queen Sofía of Spain gave the royal seal of approval while Spanish high society came to support the brilliant couturier and even donated garments to the collection.
The permanent exhibition is divided up and presented in 6 galleries – Early Years, Day, Cocktail, Evening, Brides and Essential Balenciaga. The Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa collection consists of approximately 1200 pieces including the legendary mink-trimmed wedding gown of Queen Fabiola of Belgium in addition to the wedding gown of Mrs. Díez de Rivera. The building houses an instructive room, where Balenciaga’s complex masterworks are digitally deconstructed and put back together on videos. Throughout the museum, there are images of the designer at work and at play.Balenciaga is not just an idol for the current Spanish generation; he is a global fashion legend who finally has a well-deserved shrine.
dimanche 26 juin 2011
Inspired by Francis Bacon, Wayne McGregor creates a new choreography for the Ballet de l'Opera. A work the composer Mark Anthony Turnage, also named after a painting by the choreographer draws on the shapes, colors and textures of these paintings to explore, beyond the images, the potential physical and expressive body human.
Mark Anthony Turnage Music
Blood On The Floor
Choreographer Wayne McGregor
Moritz Junge Costumes
The Star, Prime Dancers and the Corps de Ballet
Conductor Peter Rundel
Peter Erskine Drums
Martin Robertson saxophone
John Parricelli Electric Guitar
Michel Benita Bass Guitar
vendredi 24 juin 2011
dimanche 19 juin 2011
Producteur cinéphile, Pierre Cottrell a participé à l’aventure des Films du Losange, produit Eric
Rohmer et Jean Eustache et travaillé aux côtés de Roger Corman. Histoire d’un itinéraire étrange et
mercredi 22 à 19 h 30
lundi 13 juin 2011
Yulia Yanina has become one of the most important creators of Russia offering a unique approach to measure in respect of Haute Couture. She attaches particular importance to originality and exclusiveness of her creations combining luxurious traditions and innovations for an international client .
After showing for several seasons in Rome during the Alta Roma , Yulia Yanina will shows her new Autumn and Winter collection 2011 in Paris during the Haute Couture
vendredi 10 juin 2011
Contributions by Pierre-Arizzoli Clémentel, Arzalluz Miren Lourdes Cerrillo, Marie-Andree Jouve.
Photographs by Manuel Outumuro.
mercredi 8 juin 2011
mardi 7 juin 2011
dimanche 5 juin 2011
Coming from the military dress, the corset has lost its defensive role and character to become a warrior for centuries a tool of seduction. While it is currently enjoying a heyday, a fashion designer and an art critic to join us in telling the story. It begins in ancient times and is available over time on both modes of male and female. The corset tells us much about our relationship to the body and the intimate, and on the issue of appearances. Mask that hides as much as it means, what it from view, the corset to the male protects the vital organs of battles in tournaments, while providing stiffness and virility. In women, it sanctify the "precious", the sexual body but also the impulses of the heart. Through its meandering and son nodes, lacing, so welcome in the magical world of corsets and singular, and portraits unexpected but rich in meanings that gives us each time.