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IMPRESSIONISM, FASHION, AND MODERNITY

Posted on February 4, 2013 by admin

It will only open on 26th of February at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, but this is already a must see for people working, dreaming, loving the Fashion and its historical references. “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity”  will feature many of the most celebrated works of the Impressionist era illustrating the central position of Couture in this period as a social statement, as a crucial feminine connotation. How important were dresses in these works of arts? How important was fashion for these artists how featured it in such a perfect way?  Impressionism, fashion and modernity, includes  Monet’s Luncheon on the Grass (1865–66) and Women in the Garden (1866), Bazille’s Family Reunion (1867), Bartholomé’s In the Conservatory (circa 1881, paired with the sitter’s dress), and fifteen other key loans from the Musée d’Orsay; Monet’s Camille (1866) from the Kunsthalle, Bremen, Renoir’s Lise–The Woman with the Umbrella (1867) from the Museum Folkwang, Essen, and Manet’s La Parisienne (circa 1875) from the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, which have never before traveled to the United States; Caillebotte’s Paris Street; Rainy Day (1877) and Degas’s The Millinery Shop (circa 1882–86) from the Art Institute of Chicago; Renoir’s The Loge (1874) from The Courtauld Gallery, London; and Cassatt’s In the Loge (1878) from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A full complement of period photographs and illustrations will be also on display to push the dialogue between fashion and art, and afford a sense of the late nineteenth-century Parisian milieu that inspired, provoked, and nurtured the talents—and often the ambitions—of the painters of modern life. Mark it on your agenda, this is a must seen exhibition.

February 26–May 27, 2013

http://www.metmuseum.org/

Above, Monet’s Luncheon on the Grass

PLEASURE TO MEET YOU! C.A.M. (CLASSE ARTIGIANA MONTI)

Posted on December 10, 2012 by admin

C.A.M is a trademark of the contemporary, of the odd and new, of the never obvious. C.A.M is slim and form-fitting, fabrics are luxurious, soft and comfortable and always chic, C.A.M is basically minimalist and revolutionary. C.A.M stands for Classe Artigiana Monti, a joint venture of fashion designers and friends Valentina Bacci and Giorgio Maroni which was born in Via del Boschetto some years ago. Situated in the heart of the historical Rione Monti, C.A.M is a jar of experiments and an endless ideas factory of the two creative and artisanal minds. This next Saturday, the 15th of December from 7pm till 10 pm, C.A.M will open their new atelier location. It can be a good opportunity to meet irreverent and talented Valentina and Giorgio and their amazing creations.

Classe Artigiana Monti – C.A.M

Via Panisperna 238 -Rome

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AGAINST OPULENCE AND PRETENTIOUSNESS: JOHN RAWLINGS

Posted on October 9, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

What a nice story: there’s a boy, born in Ohio in 1912 who has moved to NYC in the 30s to start, after graduation a freelance career as store window dresser. After buying a Leica to photograph his work for potential clients, he has discovered the love for pictures and has started shooting his aristocratic clients. Then, years later you see the same boy in a circle of friends. These friends meet in a Magazine headquarter, for instance let’s say…VOGUE.

I’m talking about the fab five: John Rawlings, Irving Penn, Horst P. Horst, George Hoyningen-Huene, George Platt Lynes. This very time, I’ll brush up John Rawlings, who, with over 200 Vogue and Glamour covers and more than 30,000 photos of personal archive immortalized maybe the best era of American fashion and style. With his three-decade affiliation with Conde Nast, Rawlings has expanded the power of fashion press, giving a never-seen-before attention to society stars of the 1940s and 1950s. His subjects included Marlene Dietrich, Salvador Dali, Veronica Lake, Lena Horne, Montgomery Clift and many, many more. But, when opulence and pretentiousness were prevalent in fashion photography, I’m referring to Brit Cecil Beaton, or German Horst, or the Russian Hoyningen-Huene, Vogue decided to change direction and place more information and less art in its pictures. The change of direction happened to be with a very young and talented Rawlings who later became one of the most prolific and important photographers of the twentieth century. Crave with me these marvellous shots, which are still extremely  contemporary and stunning. You can’t avoid loving Rawlings at first sight and appreciate his simply beautiful photography.

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NINA LEEN, MASTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Posted on September 3, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

There are many images that come to my mind when I think of masters of Photography. I don’t know why, but I always look back in times. I adore contemporary photography but to me, master is equal to past. What can I say about Nina Leen then? To start I can say that she was one of the first women photographers at Life Magazine. She was Russian-born who lived in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and lately US. Through her career as photographer she has been reporting  a surprising amount of insight into the post world war period. Housewives, working girls, fashion, Upper East Side socialites, glamorous women, mannequins.  Her work has been an interesting study on femininity,and photojournalism. A research of public versus private. When in 1945, Leen  joined LIFE, she started producing magnificent pieces of art, producing over 40 covers for the magazine. Along with her portraits of American life Leen’s photographed animals too with a unique ability to see details of the natural world in unexpected ways. Leen was modern, perfect in shooting, true and most of all ageless. Nina Leen’s  pictures portray the elegant days, the stunning glamour of a unique eye. The real beauty being captured on women in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.

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