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On the heels of Fashion Week…

Parisian fashion designed to protect against bombardments experienced during the “siege of Paris”, featured in Album of the Siege: a collection of caricatures published in the Charivari during the siege of Paris (ca.1871) by Cham and Daumier

The annual occupation of mid-town Manhattan by couturiers and their cohorts– Fashion Week– ended earlier this month.  As New York returns to normalcy, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the sartorial splendors of times gone by…

“Habit d’Orlogeur”, from Nicolas II Larmessin’s 17th century series of engravings depicting fanciful costumes relating to the different professions, featured in Claudius Saunier’s Die Geschichte der Zeitmesskunst (1903)

Visit Public Domain Review to take “A little wander down the catwalk of time…

Special bonus from National Geographic: “As Fashion Week Ends, Pondering the Origins of Clothes.”


As we try it on for size, we might recall tat it was on this date in 1964 that the Paris Opera unveiled its newly-painted ceiling, the work of artist Marc Chagall.  Andre Malraux, the French minister of culture at the time, had commissioned Chagall to design a new ceiling for the Paris Opera after seeing Chagall’s sets and costumes for an earlier Paris Opera production of Daphnis et Chloe.  The ceiling was unveiled during a performance of the same Daphnis et Chloe.  (Chagall was just getting warmed up:  In 1966, as a gift to the city that had sheltered him during World War II, he painted two vast murals for New York’s Metropolitan Opera House.)



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September 23, 2013 at 1:01 am

“A screaming comes across the sky”…

Long time readers know of your correspondent’s abiding affection for the works of Thomas Pynchon.  So readers can imagine his delight at discovering The Thomas Pynchon Fake Book, an online collaboration among 37 people (and three animals) that yielded 29 songs, all with lyrics appearing in Gravity’s Rainbow (a positively ditty-packed volume).

Readers can listen to streaming renditions of “Loonies on Leave,” “Byron the Bulb,” “The Penis He Thought Was His Own,” “Herman the German,” and over a score more.

Every weirdo in the world is on my wavelength.
– Thomas Pynchon

UPDATE to yesterday’s XXL:  MK reminds your correspondent that all readers might enjoy the exhibit, a collaboration between London’s Serpentine Gallery and EDGE, in which Kai Krause’s “Africa to Scale” features.  It can be found here or here.


As we stay alert to Inherent Vice, we might recall that it was on this date in 1959 that The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened in New York.  Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned and designed the building in 1937; but construction was delayed until 1957.  The resulting gallery, which features a spiraling six-story ramp encircling an open center space lit by a glass dome, is home to a powerful contemporary art collection, strong in Klee, Kandinsky, Calder, Chagall, and Brancusi.

The Guggenheim (source)

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