If you wander by 5th Avenue and 90st you can’t help but see Cooper-Hewitt’s beautiful lawn. Although we do visit the inside of the museum – the stunning Carnegie Mansion – last week we visited the outside of the museum. In particular we took the time to take a spin in the fabulously designed Spun Chair by Thomas Heatherwick and his team, Heatherwick Studio.
No charge to walk into the garden – entrance on 90th Street – and enjoy a spin or relax the shade.
To recover from our dizziness and always game to fully use any patch of grass, we enjoyed a game of running bases – there is always a ball in someone’s pocket! Thankfully the guard was amenable 4 loud people enjoying the lawn!
A few weeks back on a rainy spring day, getting stir crazy from being indoors too long, the kids and I hopped in a cab and headed across town to to see the Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History exhibit. I knew the visit might not be a hit with all the children but my strategy, with kids, is to always keep the museum visits focused and short and then everyone usually enjoys the experience.
The core of the exhibition features iconic designs from the Isaac Mizrahi New York clothing label (1987 – 1998), the “semi-couture” collections (2003 – 2011), and the line for Target (2002 – 2008) – the first designer partnership done with that store. The show is comprised of 42 “looks” that include clothing, hats, jewelry, shoes, accessories, and costumes for the theater, the opera, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Read more →
One day a year, for the past 37 years, nine of the country’s finest museums —all ones that call Fifth Avenue home— collectively open their doors from 6pm – 9pm for free to New Yorkers and visitors for a mile-long block party and visual art celebration.
Today , June 9th, you can celebrate the country’s finest museums with The Museum Mile Festival along Fifth Avenue from 82nd Street to 105th Street. Learn more – museummilefestival.org
Special Exhibitions Gallery February 6 – April 18, 2015
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology Seventh Avenue at 27 Street New York City 10001-5992
Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the ’70s celebrates the two designers who defined the sexy and glamorous fashions of the 1970s. This is the first exhibition to juxtapose their work and analyze the way they dealt with similar themes and aesthetics during the height of their careers. Both designers are equally represented by the approximately 80 ensembles and 20 accessories that are arranged thematically in an environment designed to evoke the style of this singular, dynamic era in history.
Drawn exclusively from the holdings of The Museum at FIT, the exhibition offers a unique perspective on two of the best-known fashion designers in modern history. The museum’s collections hold the Halston archives—the most comprehensive records of his work in the world—as well as a vast array of significant Yves Saint Laurent pieces donated by important clients, fashion editors, friends, and colleagues of Saint Laurent. These include Lauren Bacall, Marina Schiano, Aimée de Heeren, Mary Russell, and Tina Chow. It is worth noting that the first major retrospective exhibition on Halston was organized at the museum in 1991 by the late curator Richard Martin.
No two designers defined and dominated the decade more than Yves Saint Laurent and Halston. They were the era’s most influential and celebrated clothing creators, becoming celebrities in their own right.
The exhibition also includes accessories designed to complement each designer’s clothing. While Saint Laurent’s accessories were created in-house and Halston’s were designed by his close collaborator, model, and friend Elsa Peretti, accessories were an important element for both. Highlights include a hat from Saint Laurent’s Russian-inspired collection and a “bone cuff” by Elsa Peretti for Halston.
Worth a visit to the Metropolitan Museum, the exhibition – www.metmuseum.org/deathbecomesher – explores the aesthetic development and cultural implications of mourning fashions of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Approximately 30 ensembles, many of which are being exhibited for the first time, reveal the impact of high-fashion standards on the dictates of bereavement rituals as they evolved over a century.
The exhibition is organized chronologically and features mourning dress from 1815 to 1915, primarily from The Costume Institute’s collection. The calendar of bereavement’s evolution and cultural implications are illuminated through women’s clothing and accessories – some fabulous shawls and jewelry – showing the progression of appropriate fabrics from mourning crape/crepe to corded silks, and the later introduction of color with shades of gray and mauve.
On view now at the MET through to February 1, 2015.