The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk exhibition at the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design is a total must see!
I first heard about the exhibition a year ago when lucky me spent the afternoon picking the brain of one of Gaultier’s nearest and dearest friends and colleagues. Ever since I’ve been waiting in anticipation to see the outcome of the exhibition and let me tell you it did not disappoint. So, if you find yourself in Stockholm, Sweden at the moment or in the near vicinity this is one of those exhibitions you just shouldn’t miss.
Lots of fierce and elaborate corsets were on show throughout the exhibition. My favorite corset was a sleek, tight crocodile front laced corset. Then to offset my previous choice, I also fell for a fabulous soft powder pink diva-esque corset like the one from the Gaultier fragrance.
Jean Paul Gaultier has effectively proved himself a master of the hard, soft comb juxtaposing both materials and cut.
Pre-raphaelite much? Certain looks might as well have come straight from a Dante Gabriel Rossetti painting.
Each summer I find myself in Sweden for a short while and up until now that has meant only spending time in Stockholm, but for this trip I’ll be a little north of Stockholm in Uppsala for a very special project that I’m working on. It’s extreme makeovers – home edition.
I’m doing a big favor for a very special person in my life who’s just bought a new apartment and asked me to help with renovations such as stripping the walls of questionable wallpaper, numerous other tasks and then decorating the apartment.
Needless to say I’m much more looking forward to the decorating phase than the heavy duty renovations but I have the best crew working with me so I’m certain the apartment will look absolutely amazing by the time we’re done.
I hopped on a jet plane with the plan of landing in Sweden but instead it seems I’ve ended up in the 1700s. What a treat! The beautiful Linnaeus Garden (Linnéträdgården) in Uppsala played host to a fabulous event, a 1700s fair with authentic food, music, and interesting lectures.
Unfortunately I left my white, high, curly 1700s wig in Tokyo but that didn’t stop others from getting dressed up in terrific costumes.
The garden laid out in the French Style, is a reconstruction of what the garden would have looked like following Linnaeus’ and Carl Hårleman’s design from 1745.
One of the lectures included recipes, advice and food from the 1700s that was highly effective in painting a picture of what life might have been like at the time and let me tell you it was far less glamorous than the Marie Antoinette lifestyle I had envisioned and hoped for.
I also have to share the amazing Swedish program entitledHistorieätarna (which roughly translates to the history eaters) where a pair of brave and highly entertaining individuals live, eat, dress and drink their way through different eras authentically. I highly recommend watching episode 5 of 6: Frihetstiden but bear in mind that the program is entirely in Swedish.
I’ve got the shopping bug so what better city to be in! With Ginza, Aoyama, Omotesando, Shinjuku and many more exciting places, I’ve got plenty of old haunts to keep me entertained and busy. Here’s the stunning Prada building in Minami Aoyama.
For reasons unknown to me, many seem to admire modern Japanese anime cartoons, comics, illustrations, etc. Part of the nature of living in Japan is that over the years you get used to the fact that you’ll see and hear about a lot of unique places and things catering to niche markets that you’d be unlikely to find anywhere else in the world at that moment. One of these things is anime cafés.
Where else would you find curry with partially blue rice made to look like a cartoon face or pita sandwiches with similar colorful decorations? Crazy!
Feeling on top of the world standing in Espace Louis Vuitton in Omotesando, Tokyo viewing “Monuments of Traffic”, their latest exhibition by Thomas Bayrle. The space and view is spectacular!
The minimalist art consists of a landscape grid of highways leading to nowhere, orchestrated by an automated Audi car windshield wiper. The wiper acts as a conductor, standing on a fragile steel column with two small loudspeakers playing ♪ Erik Satie’s Furniture Music ♪. I however, couldn’t keep from humming the tune of ♪ AC/DC’s Highway to Hell ♪in my head as I viewed.