I meandered around the Metropolitan Museum of Art this morning trying to find the two exhibitions, Kara Walker and Anglomania, that I have been meaning to attend. They both did not disappointed especially the Anglomania since it was curated so beautifully. The show wasn't necessarily about British fashion as much as it was about how the top British designers (who now show in Paris) got their real inspiration. It also showcased how they took the original idea of the Anglophile and transformed it into clothing. I still think...hands down...that Vivienne Westwood reins supreme. There was a gorgeous Burberry trench coat with a super long train in lilac with burgundy lining that proved noteworthy. I wish there had been more contemporary clothing, but I guess they don't represent the ideal of the Anglophile as much as Vivienne, Alexander McQueen, and John Galliano.
The MET has such a small Modern design section, however, I was able to find my Herman Miller chair there with an Eiffel tower base. It was blue and my mom got very excited at the prospect of owning one. She is a modern art furniture collector in the making.
I also bought this book of Kara Walkers' work because it was really striking to see in person and the book so crisp and clean it needed to be owned. My day has been relaxing as I started the not so anticipated packing for my move. I have started moving everything I am taking into my brothers' old room to get it out the way. I can't even imagining packing up a whole house...it must be the most annoying and overwhelming task.
Last night I started making my first dress with my friend Valerie. She is an amazing fashion designer and knows all the technical things that I don't, which is basically everything about draping, pattern making, and sewing. I guess I just have my ideas without any real skill to back them up. However with a little hard work this will all be changing soon. My dress started out disappointing, but as we worked it and fit it to me, it got better and better. It is this beautiful orange/blue check and it is going to have a very Viktor & Rolf collar because she is teaching the ins and outs of draping. I think this spring I am going to try and take some sort of sewing class at Parsons or FIT. I like the idea of creating something that has a finished product and a purpose. It will also be created by ME.
I know this week is going to be insanely busy and arduous at work, but this too shall pass and soon enough I will be egging my friends on in a Hot Dog eating contest thrown by yours truly.