Category Archives: Fashion

What to see in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue: Part One

A visit to this pretty little town was one of my chief motivations for visiting this part of France. L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is known as “The Venice of Provence” because of the way it is encircled by the river that gave the … Continue reading

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What to see in Saint-Rémy

I had heard a lot about market day in Saint-Rémy, so it was high on my list of places to visit while I was in Provence. I traveled there by bus from Avignon, which brought me right into the heart … Continue reading

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Sublime

Today I had the pleasure of seeing the sublime (soo-bleem)  Dior exhibit at the musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The retrospective marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of one of the most influential couture houses of the 20th … Continue reading

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Hors du commun

Have you ever heard of Dalida? She was a larger-than-life beauty queen, turned singer, originally from Egypt. I use “Laissez-moi danser” and “Je suis malade” in class and my students are usually rather overwhelmed by all that she was.  Recently, … Continue reading

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Jardins

There’s a lot of overlap in the exhibits on in Paris this summer. I recently wrote about the photo exhibit about gardens at the Jardin du Luxembourg. The Grand Palais, just off the Champs Élysées, has an exhibit simply entitled … Continue reading

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Le vêtement était sa religion

What would Paris be without an exhibit dedicated to fashion? This one is quite unusual; the fashion museum, the Palais Galliera, is presenting Balenciaga: L’Oeuvre au noir at the Musée Bourdelle. The Bourdelle is the former studio of sculptor Antoine Bourdelle … Continue reading

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Calcéophilie

I came across a new French word recently that applies to me – calcéophilie (kal-say-o-phil-e). This is a relatively new hybrid, derived from Latin and Greek. Calceo means “shoe” in Latin and phile is “love” in Greek. So calcéophilie is … Continue reading

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