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Birds of a feather? Certainly with its buoyant skirts (often tulle)and narrow bodices the New Look channeled the ballet tutu. Not surprisingly, two of its early proponents, Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain, had been close collaborators at Lucien Lelong and were both fascinated by the architecture of clothes. Whereas Dior is deceptively elegant, Balmain often exhibits a studied attention to embellishment. Here, at the current exhibit at FIT, Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse, an extraordinary Balmain debutante gown , poised for flight, with feathers outrageously painted to resemble , hmm, exaggeratedly long pheasant feathers (to my eye, monochromatic peacocks.) What do you see, keen shots?............. #ballerinafashion’smodernmuse. #FIT #museumatfit #pierrebalmain #birdsofafeather #christiandior #thenewlook #ballerina #lucienlelong #theglamouryears @hamishbowlescollection #feathers #feathersandfashion ...

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What extraterrestrial power does it take to soar? Anna Pavlova’s swan costume at FIT’s new exhibit , Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse, brought to mind the Ballets Russes dancer Lydia Sokolova’s insights on Pavlova’s affinity with birds: when she walked into her aviary, the birds behaved as if she was one of them. When she called her pet swan from the pond in her garden, the bird came to her immediately and she folded her arms around its neck and whispered to her. And her apocryphal last words were “Where is my swan costume?” The very costume—here!—naturally, pulses with bird-like energy. One of dozens of extraordinary discoveries at FIT. And perfect timing—Swan Lake opens this Friday—Valentine’s Day—at New York City Ballet..............#ballerinafashion’smodernmuse #annapavlova #lydiasokolova #swan #swanlake #FIT #nycb #ballet ...

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Two male Maasai giraffes vie for dominance. Those graceful necks are also powerful. One good swing can knock one down. .They also are adept at kicking off to the side—so the trick is to always stand in FRONT of a giraffe. Just in case........Meanwhile the birds are blithely singing in the background......#giraffes #boyswillbeboys #masaimara #safari style ...

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Bored with the usual marble bath? Mobile safari baths of waxed canvas stretched on a teak frame, with Champagne, are just the thing! Overlooking the Maasai Mara, they are fabulous for contemplating life..... #bestbathroom #bathtub #bathtubgoals #maasaimara #safaristyle #masaimara #safaribath #outdoorbath #kenya ...

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Who knew lions climbed trees ? I didn’t. ...

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An early morning game drive; then afternoon at camp with its panoramic view of the mara. Going native and rather keen on my new finery. Maasai necklace and textile, Kushite choker ...While the men are herding, the Maasai women are hard at work in the village, building homes, tending children, porting bundles, and creating their distinctive beadwork, some worn everyday day (the bracelets, belts, and ropes seen on nearly any man on any day, and the very showy collars, bibs, and earrings worn for ceremonies.) I plan to wear it all, all the time.....#masaimara #kenya #thanksgivings #thanksgivinginthemara #safaristyle ...

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Breakfast in the bush. Up at 5 am, out before 6 to catch the morning rituals. By 9, as it had slowed down considerably, we stopped for breakfast at the border to the Serengeti. I am wrapped in a Masai textile. #kenya #maasaimara #masaimara #thanksgivings #thanksgivinginthemara #safaristyle ...

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Arrival on the camp landing strip....#maasaimara #masaimara #kenya #thanksgivings #thanksgivinginthemara #safaristyle ...

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Literally sleeping with Rothschild giraffes, an endangered species which can be identified by their smooth-edged markings and white lower legs (the Masai giraffe has the jagged patterning and fully marked legs.) At the Rothschild giraffe sanctuary and hotel, @giraffemanor #rothschildgiraffe #giraffemanor #safaristyle ...

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A hidden corner of Paris—a magical 17th c house—with writer and historian David Gaillardon. ...

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“Are you charm? Or sex appeal?” Brigitte Bardot before the phenomenon of BB. Might she have been amused—as I—by these cover lines that imply in 1954 these qualities were mutually exclusive? While contemplating her answer, and stardom, BB wears Givenchy. And why not? The dress manages charming and subtly sexy quite well. ...

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What do you think? Is Brigitte Bardot better as a brunette ? This was the overwhelming question of today’s research. BB, 18 years old, 1953 and on the cover of Elle. PS she is wearing an Hermès jacket. ...

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Study break! Sharing the Salle Labrouste with the world. It’s the sort of room that tempts discovery. It also represents 1850s state- of-the-art construction using 16 cast iron (rather than stone ) pillars to support 9 domes, each with its own skylight. The core of the fine and decorative arts collection was supplied by the long-sighted couturier and arts patron Jacques Doucet (1853-1929) ............#jacquesdoucet #booksmakearoom #bibliothequenationaledefrance #librariesoftheworld ...

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