Thursday, May 11, 2017

City Views, Country Dreams

Good Thursday morning from New York.

This has already been a tumultuous week in our country.  I have spent many hours indoors, staying away from hay-fever-producing pollen, but instead following developments on the political, governmental front.  

The pace of various investigations seems to be quickening, even though the President has fired the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Russian governmental officials met with the President in the Oval Office of the White House yesterday.  American press members were not allowed to take photographs.  Tass was allowed to take photographs.

On Tuesday, I did escape my apartment.  I met a friend at The Metropolitan of Art to view a fabulous new exhibit honoring the Comme des Garcons designs of Rei Kawakubo.  You all may enjoy viewing the link in the previous sentence.  I will also share with you some of the photographs that I took while touring the exhibit.


The exhibition designers have created a set of bright white stages and "fitting rooms" that are starkly lit to allow viewers to see many details.


The groups of mannequins sometimes show designs from differing collections.


In many instances, it is possible to have a very close up view, allowing one to examine the tailoring and materials.


Lots of creativity has been used in creating the head dresses, too.


Many of the black garments reveal to the viewer that they are not completely constructed from one shade of black.  Black can have a cool blue tone, or a warmer brown tone.


Some of the garments might not be what one would choose to wear, and yet in some cases, a particular garment might be very wearable.


I do plan to visit this exhibit several more times and only present a small sampling here of what I saw on Tuesday.


It will be interesting to see if the exhibit draws crowds as the weeks go by.  On Tuesday, it was fun to see that some of the visitors were also dressed in very interesting ways.


I am hoping that some of you who see these photographs might also be able to visit the exhibit.


Over on my Instagram page you will also be able to see a short video I made at this exhibit.

Thank you all for your visits and comments.  Now, I will turn my attention back to watching Senate hearings and working on my current Intrelac knitting project.




28 comments:

  1. I would love to have seen the exhibition. What clever creative way?
    As for politics, it is difficult to know what to say. There seems to be rather an excess of 'power' around.

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  2. Somehow half of a sentence disappeared. It should have read ..What clever creative ways to show the designs..

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Wish you could see the show. It is really a delight! xo

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  3. Glad to hear you found a distraction that was so interesting. In the UK we used to have a comedy show where the main character (a grumpy retiree) used to exclaim "I simply don't believe it" at every bizarre turn in his life. I can imagine you have a similar phrase. We certainly do, every time the news comes on, "What's he done now?".

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    1. Trish, I remember when that show ran for a while on our Public Broadcast Service network. Always made me laugh! xo

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    2. Wasn't the character's name Meldrew? xo

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    3. Hello Frances & Trish,
      It's running right now on Rocky Mountain PBS and gives us many good (wry) laughs.
      It's called "One Foot in the Grave" and has a very catchy title theme, written & sung by Eric Idle of Monty Python fame. A few years ago, it would have meant nothing to me but at this chronological point, I can relate totally. But oh! that poor, long-suffering wife. Great laughs.

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    4. Re: "What's he done now?" I think most of the country wakes up in fear & a weird sense of anticipation combined. On Twitter, there is a hashtag, #AnotherDayAnotherOutrage.
      It's all just incredible to me, having survived Watergate & assuming it could never happen again.
      The challenge, to me, is to stay fully informed about this outrage but also to keep enjoying daily life, gardening, friends, long walks, family. Balance, in other words.
      Thank you for being out there, Frances.

      Diane in Denver

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  4. One of the few things I miss Frances about no longer living near to a large city is all the wonderful exhibitions.

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    1. Pat, I am hoping that my photographs and the link to the Met's site give you a bit of an idea of what this particularly unique exhibit is like. xo

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  5. RK and the Muleavey sisters have been my least favorite designers and yet, I would love to go to a show of theirs. Guess it's because I wouldn't wear anything they design. Isn't it just unbelievable each day. I'm beginning to believe that Anonymous is right. Americans do need to prepare for WWIII. All that being said, hope you are getting around in the beauty of spring.

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    1. Donna, a friend of mine once found a Comme des Garcons coat at a thrift shop..a huge bargain that no one else had wanted. My friend was able to carry it off ... she has gobs of style.
      The Met's show really is fun to see. Viewer conversations as they make their way around the curved pathway of the exhibit are sometimes hilarious.
      Yes, even with the hay fever, I do need to get away from the incoming breaking news every day. xo

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  6. The show are beyond interesting but as donna said who would really wear these. I know they are flights of fancy.
    Take care with the pollen.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Thanks so much, Parsnip. Truly, some parts of the outfits would be quite wearable...other parts, not so much!
      I've just heard a weather report that there's a chance that the high oak pollen count might be washed away by weekend rain. Fingers crossed. xo

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  7. Your photographs of the exhibits are a very welcome distraction to everything this week. I think the red velvet tunics would be wonderful to wear, imagine on a cold winter day with warm layers underneath all hidden by that glamourous tunic.
    Meanwhile as here we approach a general election, news from the US so outrageous that it trumps our pathetic efforts... the best we can come up with is Mr&Mrs May having a jolly discussion on prime time TV about who puts the bins out. Did she really say "there are boy-jobs and girl-jobs" ? Good grief!

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  8. Dear Frances, This is one exhibit I would like to see up close. The richness of these fabrics would be even more appreciated.

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    1. Yes, Gina, the fabrics are amazing...and definitely deserve a close look! xo

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  9. I have enjoyed following this exhibition with you on Instagram. I would enjoy visiting it if I was in New York. Thank you.

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    1. I just know it would be fun to see this show with you. My photographs really just give a small idea of the range of the show. One of the stages even involves pastel gingham garments; another setting has lotsof tartan, a la Ms Westwood or Mr McQueen. (I started catching up on your blogs last night, but didn't finish...and didn't want to rush a comment.) xo

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  10. Loved seeing your pictures of the exhibition....such amazing creations and so cleverly staged! Glad you have some wonderful distractions from current affairs dear Frances!
    Helen xox

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    1. Helen, there are so many available distractions...it's just a matter of allowing one's mind to share space! xo

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  11. Hm, interesting...but I like it!
    Different but very beautiful!
    Love from Titti

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    1. Titti, I think that you'd find the show quite fun to see..lots of imagination on view. xo

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  12. I think you already know how much I would have loved to see this exhibition with you Frances. One of my favourite designers.

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    1. Gina, when I get around to returning to the show, I hope to be able to take some photos of other exhibit visitors who might be sending a tribute to Kawakubo in their own chosen outfits. xo

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  13. Your reporting of this exhibition both here and on Instagram has been a very welcome distraction from the news. I've been spending lots of time with the newest arrival to our family for the same reason! All best to you, Cxx

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    1. Thanks Chris! Do give that precious little Bee a cuddle from me. xo

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