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Happy Valentine’s Day!
This “Valentine’s Day” Blog features some “Valentine Gifts” from some of my friends, from Etsy; ArtFire; Indiemade: and, SaatchiArt. With everyone Cyber Shopping these days, there is still time to get that perfect gift for that “Someone Special”!
Clicking on the attached link of each item, you will be able to visit their Shops for more gift ideas.
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Last week I went to the “Heavenly Bodies” Exhibit at the Cloister’s in Upper Manhattan. My son, his girlfriend, and I visited this Fashion Exhibit of the “Catholic Imagination” on a spur of the moment adventure. Although I have been going to the Cloister’s since I was very young, this was one of the most exciting exhibits I have experienced.
“Heavenly Bodies” features the work of many Designers’ whose work is based on the own interpretations, imaginations, and relationship to Catholicism. Their designs were influenced by their own imagery and symbolism, using as a reference specific garments worn by the Clergy and Religious Orders, hence “Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”. An example is Versace’s interpretive designs of the various Medieval Religious Orders.
For those who know of the Cloister’s, which overlooks the Hudson River; much of the architecture used in the construction in the early 1930’s. was from many Gothic and Medieval structures, Paintings, Statues, and Tapestries, many of which are over 800 years old. The Cloister’s features various rooms with antiquities from the Romanesque Period (500-1500 `AD); Gothic Era (1500’s); to the Medieval Period of Art and Structures; all of which are reflected throughout the “Heavenly Bodies” Exhibit.
With these images in mind, I will share many of the Designer’s Fashions shown throughout the Monastery, many of which I will compare with the iconic works of art, which are a part of the Cloisters.
One of my favorites, and most popular Exhibit is Alexander McQueen’s Red Velvet gown, entitled “The Annunciation”; inspired by the “Annunciation Triptych” (1427) which is just to the right of the Gown.
Weddings also played an important part during these Monastic periods. Featured are many of the interpretations by these iconic Designers.
As one enters the Cloister’s Romanesque rooms, designed using part of a French Benedictine Monastery, including the original Monastic Columns from an 804 AD Benedictine Monastery and Romanesque Cloister’s. All this inspiring Designers from the House of Valentino, using various Black fabrics, Velvet, Silk, based on the Nuns habits worn during this period. One Black Dress & Cape with the Gold Stars is based on the Painting “Black Madonna of Czechoslovakia”.
In the Early Gothic Hall with its 15th Century Stained Glass Windows, Statues, and Paintings of the Madonna and Child, in the center stands the fashion inspiration by the Designer, Gaultier titled “Lumiere”. Note the Virgin and Child on the shoulder of this colorful Stained-Glass Dress.
My earliest memories of the Cloisters’ was the large room of Medieval Tapestries. Obviously, Alexander McQueen was inspired as I was by the beauty and design of these Tapestries, in his “Angels &Demons” Collection. His designs reflect the work found in many of the Tapestries hanging on the Walls.
The Gothic Chapel is well known for its original 13th Century 7 Sarcophagus’ (tombs) carved in the likeness of the various Counts, Knights, who fought for the Crusades, and the Baroness of Neubourg. The Designer, John Galliano, was inspired with his Design Gown with a Cross resembling the Crosses carried during the Crusades.
The Late Gothic Hall is filled with many Medieval Sculpture and Altar pieces. Adorning the entranceway to the Late Gothic Hall is a beautiful Gold Wedding Dress with a Gold Jeweled Crown designed by Dolce & Gabbanna.
While this beautifully, artistic work of the Designers whose work is featured in the “Heavenly Bodies” Cloister’s Exhibit, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MOMA) also presented many more of these Designs of the “Catholic Imagination” of “Heavenly Bodies” among the Art at the Museum. Many of the fashions explored the designer’s “imagination” of the transcendence from earth to the spiritual. One example featured at MOMA is the Designer, Thierry Mugler’s “ Madonna” with its sparkling pale Blue Dress and Crown at the top of an archway, representing Mary’s Ascension into Heaven.
Although many may not understand these fashions in the traditional sense, they illuminate the many ways that one’s imagination can transcend those of the Catholic Church’s view into enchanting “Heavenly Bodies”. What I have shown is just a small example of the many fashions being exhibited at the Cloister’s and the Museum of Modern Art.
The first Christmas Tree lighting at Rockefeller Center was in 1933, when 30 Rockefeller Center opened. Yes, the same as “30 Rock”! The first tree was about 20 feet; while this year’s Tree measures 94 feet. As you can see in some of the pictures, the Tree towers over Manhattan. Once the lighting takes place, it is officially Christmas in New York City!
As a very young child, my mother worked for Yardley in the Rockefeller Center Building. My sister and I would stand at the large windows overlooking the skating rink and watch Christmas unfolding before our eyes.
Years later when my sister and I both worked in Manhattan, we would rush over to catch the Tree Lighting. We would meet at the entrance of Rockefeller Center where the large Angels stand with their trumpets ready to announce the beginning of the Holiday Season! (see the picture of Kelly standing in front of the Angels).
As I started my own family, the tradition of joining the crowds continued as we would view the very large Tree erected each year.
Hopefully the pictures will give you the feeling of being right there with us!!!
Rockefeller Tree Lighting (Nighttime View)
Celebrating opening day of the NY Botanical Gardens –
“Eleanor Roosevelt Rose Gardens“
Just remember in the Winter,
Far beneath the bitter snows,
Lies the seed that with the sun’s love,
In the Spring becomes the Rose! …..The Rose
Welcome to my “Valentine’s Day Blog” featuring some great gifts for your loved one! These are just a few suggestions I thought would make for that perfect gift! I have chosen a few of my friends from various Social Media sites such as Etsy; ArtFire; and Indiemade; and those who have their own sites. Hope you enjoy my “Valentine’s Day” suggestions.
……For those featured, please take a second to help promote the other Artisans on your own Social Media sites!…….
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