Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffulhe features 40 extraordinary fashions and accessories from the fabulous wardrobe of Élisabeth de Caraman-Chimay, the Countess Greffulhe (1860-1952). A famous beauty celebrated for her « aristocratic and artistic elegance, » the countess fascinated her contemporaries, including Marcel Proust who told her cousin, Robert de Montesquiou, « I have never seen a woman so beautiful. » When Proust wrote his great novel In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu), the Countess Greffulhe was one of the primary inspirations for his immortal fictional character, Oriane, the Duchess de Guermantes, of whom he wrote, « Each of her dresses seemed like…the projection of a particular aspect of her soul. »
Proust’s Muse is based on La Mode retrouvée: Les robes trésors de la comtesse Greffulhe, an exhibition organized in Paris by Olivier Saillard, director of the Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, which is the repository of the countess’s wardrobe. Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT, has organized the exhibition in New York in collaboration with Saillard.
“KARL LAGERFELD – Visions of Fashion” is a special anthological exhibition celebrating Karl Lagerfeld’s diverse and elegant approach to photography: photos from fashion shoots published in the world’s most important fashion magazines – among them different editions of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Numéro and V Magazine – and others inspired by classical mythology such as the series “Le Voyage d’Ulysse” and “Daphnis and Chloe”. The show assembles an extraordinary collection of more than 200 images created using a variety of techniques including daguerreotypes, platinum prints, Polaroid transfers, resinotypes, screen-prints and digital prints.
Starting 17 October 2015 the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden will present a major exhibition on the art of knitting. An ancient craft, but also in vogue now. The exhibition is a celebration of knitting: you’ll see everything from historical patterns to the latest designs. Traditional Frisian baggy caps, retro fabrics from the 1950s and hooded sweaters from the 1980s are presented in unusual ways in a fairytale-likeexhibition. Surprising garments by young, popular fashion designers such as Bas Kosters and Stephen West demonstrate how knitting still revitalises fashion. And bizarre knitted installations by international artists prove that knitting offers total creative freedom. Does seeing all this knitting give you itchy fingers? Then why not spend some pleasant time knitting with other people in our special knitting room? Knitting! can be seen until 28 August 2016.