Dalida at Galliera

One needed a magician like Robert Carsen to build the perfect whimsical setting for the collection of dresses of Italian/Egyptian singer Dalida, who was Miss Egypt in 1954 and became one of France’s most popular singer in the 1970’s and 80’s. After her death in 1987, her brother Orlando decided to give her « garde-robe » to Palais Galliera. And … Read More

The Al Thani collection, fireworks of diamonds

A year ago exactly was opening at the V and A an exhibition of Indian jewelry from the Al Thani collection. So I thought the new show at Grand Palais would be an exact repeat of the already beautiful but small exhibition. Well not at all! The show curated by Dr Amin Jaffer and Amina Taha-Hussein Okada from Musée Guimet … Read More

Gloves and hats at a bargain

Muriel, a 19 th century glove shop around the corner from the Elysée Palace, is closing down for good on March 30 th. It’s not exactly the season to buy woolen or calf gloves but think of your Christmas presents! I found a fabulous straw hat for 20€ in view of all the weddings that I will attend this summer … Read More

Champagne at Gabrielle Chanel’s apartment

When she died on January 10, 1971, Mademoiselle Chanel left an apartment on the second floor of the House of Chanel, 31 rue Cambon. Its singularity was that it only had a dining room, a living room and an office but no bedroom… She used to sleep across the street at the Ritz. The apartment has been kept intact with … Read More

Balenciaga meets up with Bourdelle

  Musée Bourdelle is a very special little museum hidden away behind Gare Montparnasse and the monumental sculptures it shows could be a little daunting if some lighter beauties did not come to keep them company. After a magistral Madame Grès show four years ago, Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972) is the new guest. «L’œuvre au noir », a collection of 110 black … Read More

Maison Dauphin, a jeweller to watch

There is an interesting will of construction and architecture in the new line of jewelry called « Volume » designed by Charlotte Dauphin de la Rochefoucauld for her three year old company Maison Dauphin. This young woman, who is based in London with her family, was trained in communications and art history and you can see that her mind is very … Read More

Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, a universal genius

When as a young student in Madrid, Guillermo de Osma discovered Mariano Fortuny’s etchings in the Calcographia Nacional, he had no idea there had never been anything written on this Spanish genius of fashion and design who died in Venice in 1949. The “magician”, the “alchemist”, the “Renaissance man” as he was often called, remains a mystery to his biographers … Read More

Turmoil in London’s museums

  The Victoria and Albert museum is a permanent showcase of exhuberance and diversity and I was  once again happily surprised by the three shows I saw last week end in London. Not only has the 19 th century decorative arts museum hired a new director, the 42 year old historian Tristram Hunt, who, angry at Brexit, left his labour … Read More