A stroll through SoHo..

November 29, 2012

Last weekend I was wandering round SoHo, doing some shopping when I stumbled upon a small Marilyn Monroe exhibit. It had been put on by Erno Lazlo as a gift to New York and if that wasn’t enough, it was also free!

The exhibit featured clothes that Monroe had worn as well as some of her personal items. In many cases, it showed the item and then a photo of Marilyn wearing it. It was only small, but I really enjoyed it, and finding it out of the blue made it even better..

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Beauty and Dance..

November 26, 2012

I have just been to see the New York City Ballet perform George Balanchine’s Nutcracker.

It was really beautiful, however I was amazed at how much detail went into a lot of the costumes.

The costumes and set used were the original pieces from the fifties, when Balanchine choreographed the show. The costumes were all designed by Karinska. She collaborated with Balanchine for the majority of his ballets and from this she became an innovator and created new, more practical ways of making tutus. Through a different method of layering fabric, she created tutu’s which didn’t ripple or bunch up. This has now become the standard way in which tutu’s are made.

Karinska’s costumes are truly beautiful. However, as an audience member, I feel like there would be so much more detail and embellishment if I were to see one of her garments up close. She once said that the detail wasn’t just there for the audience, it was to make the dancers look beautiful too..

Something to watch…

January 28, 2012

If you haven’t already seen it, I strongly recommend that you watch We’ll Take Manhattan. It’s a BBC Four drama set in the sixties and is based upon when photographer David Bailey and model Jean Shrimpton visit New York on an assignment for Vogue.
Karen Gillan plays Jean Shrimpton and David Bailey is played by Aneurin Barnard. It shows the progression of fashion in the sixties with the development of a youth culture and it is a truly inspirational piece..

We’ll take Manhattan is currently available on BBC iPlayer.