David Bowie Exhibit Coming To Brooklyn in 2018

After appearing at various museums around the world since 2013, the much-loved David Bowie Is exhibition is coming to the Brooklyn Museum next year. The critically acclaimed exhibit will be on view from March 2nd to July 15th, 2018, as the final stop on its world tour, which was originally organized by London's Victoria and Albert Museum

The exhibit features more than 300 objects collected from David Bowie's teenage years through his death in 2016, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material. It was the most popular show ever at the Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago), and a critic from the Chicagoist wrote:

"By diving deep into David Bowie is, one extrudes a biography of the man that has previously never quite been captured in book or film. But it's not a narrative that simply leaps out at you. It's one that insists you submerge yourself in the exhibit and abandon preconceptions of simply u…

Plastic Fantastic: Vinyl, Spring 18's Hot Accessories Trend

At the time of the 2017 spring runway collections, it became - excuse the pun - clear, that vinyl was emerging as a material of choice for a handful of designers. 

Polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC, comes in two forms, rigid and flexible. Maison Margiela, Manish Arora, Delpozo and Alexander Wang designed a series of belts, bags, eyewear, footwear and jewelry using both soft and hard clear and colorful vinyl. 

Why clear plastic? and why now? Maybe in a world of chaos and confusion we're looking for transparency? Or maybe it's simply, as Stuart Weitzman said about his own "glass slipper" collection, 

"What is every girl’s first memory of shoes? Cinderella’s glass slipper. Something as simple and accessible as a beautiful shoe can make a woman feel like a princess. Who wouldn’t want to be Cinderella for a night?"

The Spring 2018 runways showcased even more vinyl footwear and accessories than seen in the previous spring shows. 

Dolce & Gabbana's Runway Queens

It's as if Dolce & Gabbana read my mind, my obsession with all things Medieval is their obsession too. For Fall 13 they used the golden mosaics of Sicily's Cathedral of Monreale as a starting point. It's an ancient view of womanhood, regal, powerful, queenly, saintly even, that feels thoroughly modern too.

Richard III, The King in the Car Park

I've been a bad blogger of late! But the coverage confirming that the bones found under a car park in Leicester do indeed belong to England's most infamous and reviled Plantagenet king, Richard III, have put me in something of a Medieval mood that I'm dying to share. 

Thanks to the wonderful The History Blog and The Richard III Society, I was able to learn some truths about Richard that go beyond Shakespeare and the image of the hunched-backed villain with a limp and withered arm, as played on film by Sir Lawrence Olivier and in the theater by numerous others. 
Forensic research and DNA testing are both remarkable ways of connecting the past with the present. In this case, the Channel Four documentary, The King in the Car Park, traced the whole process of validating the find. 
This included taking a swab from a living descendant (a Canadian-born cabinet-maker from London!) and reconstructing the face from detailed scans of the skull by Caroline Wilkinson, professor of craniof…

Pre-Raphaelites, Victorian Avant-Garde

I'm in London and recently went to see the extensive Pre-Raphaelite exhibition at Tate Britain, entitled Pre-Raphaelites, Victorian Avant-Garde. I’ve been a huge fan of this school since I was a teenager so it was a thrilling experience. 

I saw my favorite John Everett Millais painting, “Ophelia” “in person” for the first time and felt quite overwhelmed by the attention to detail, the vibrant quality of the color and the emotional connection it engenders.

Ophelia, driven out of her mind when her father is murdered by her lover Hamlet, drowns herself in a stream, is such a terribly tragic Shakespearean figure. However, I couldn't help but think about Millais' poor model, Lizzie Siddal, lying in a bath filled with water for so many hours that she caught a bad cold.

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was formed in London in 1948 as a way to express the artists’ dissatisfaction with the drawing style being advocated by the Royal Academy Schools.

For them, it was too mechanical. …