The Portrait of Elizabeth Farren, Painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1789)

  I just adore this portrait of Elizabeth Farren! As soon as I enter the gallery where she is housed (in the European wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art), I swoon. I hardly notice any other portraits around me. It’s just Elizabeth Farren and I in that room. I’m infatuated. In love. But what… Continue reading The Portrait of Elizabeth Farren, Painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1789)

Medicine in the Age of Miasma

What does this silhouette say to a modern viewer? Does it remind you of Carnival of Venice masks, or the mysterious character from V for Vendetta? Maybe you are reminded of the goggle-donning steam punk, or perhaps it just resembles any vague nightmare—a bird-like monster clad in a broad-brimmed hat. Whatever the association, this particular… Continue reading Medicine in the Age of Miasma

La Sapeurs: Dandies of the Congo

After the dust of WWII had settled, Congolese soldiers brought Parisian fashions back to the Congo. This is a great example of the cultural exchange which occurs during wartime. As deplorable and devastating as war is, it does act as a vehicle for ideas, food and….fashion! It’s interesting to see how the poverty stricken regions of… Continue reading La Sapeurs: Dandies of the Congo

Colette…Fantasy dissolves into flesh

an agent provocateur

Colette…Fantasy into flesh On January 28th, 1873 Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette was born. Who would have imagined that in twenty years time she would start a revolution with her bare breast, provoke the minds of Europe with her pen and wake up the conscience of society with a kiss? Colette was a writer, a dancer, a stage-performer… Continue reading Colette…Fantasy dissolves into flesh