Tag Archives: Coco Chanel

Les Années 50

Here’s an exhibit I’ll totally be going to see this summer. The Palais Galliera will be presenting a tribute to French fashion of les années 50 (layz anay sankahnt) or the 50s. I love the couture of this decade: the … Continue reading

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Abréger une histoire

I’ve been interested in fashion since I first picked out a pair of red shoes when I was four years old. A few posts ago, I wrote about Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible. Another new book on the topic is Fashion: … Continue reading

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Le culte du corps

A new book by French historian and sociologist Georges Vigarello, La Silhouette, naissance d’un défi, describes the change in the use of the word silhouette in the 20th century. In the 18th century, a silhouette was a portrait cut from paper … Continue reading

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Le luxe de la simplicité

I mentioned yesterday that Maison Kayser’s waiters wear authentic Armor-Lux marinières, the striped shirts that are a French classic. This has to be one of the most frequently imitated styles of shirt, but the quality of the original is hard … Continue reading

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De la musique avant toute chose

In addition to the Degas exhibit, the musée d’Orsay also has Misia, Reine de Paris. This one just opened and will be available until September 9, 2012. Misia sounds like the kind of person who would make a party a … Continue reading

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Une bonne cuisinière est une sorcière qui dispense le bonheur

Elsa Schiaparelli was born on September 10, 1890. Although she was raised in a wealthy, intellectual Italian family, she established her atelier in Paris after receiving encouragement from Paul Poiret. She was close friends with surrealist Salvador Dali and a fairly bitter … Continue reading

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La mode se démode, le style jamais

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was born on August 19, 1883. Few designers achieved the name recognition and design impact of the petite couturiere. She was born to illiterate parents – a market stall holder and a washer woman – in the … Continue reading

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Bonne renommée vaut mieux que ceinture dorée

Today I went to the Madame Grès exhibit at the Musée Bourdelle in Paris. The permanent collection at the museum is the sculptures of Antoine Bourdelle. Mme. Grès said, “Je voulais être sculpteur. Pour moi, c’est la même chose de … Continue reading

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Boire du petit-lait

As long as it isn’t the middle of a blistering heat wave when I’m in Paris, a visit to Angelina Tea Room and Café (226 rue de Rivoli) is de rigueur and the must-have item is L’Ancien, their totally awesome … Continue reading

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