On my most recent trip to Paris I was lucky enough to see an advert on the Metro for an exhibition held in the Musée Bourdelle.
Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929) was a sculptor who studied under Rodin and lived in the Montparnasse area of Paris. The Musée Bourdelle is located in the building of his studio, where he also lived, and now has an exceptional collection of plaster sculptures, bronzes, paintings and graphic works.
At the museum there was also an exhibition of the work of Madame Grès: “Madame Grès: Couture at Work”. She created a range of exceptional work from the 1930s to 70s; Grès always said she wanted to be a sculptor so her exquisite dresses are draped and sculpted like beautiful statues.
Her work is interwoven beautifully amongst Bourdelle’s magnificent statues and the two artists complement each other to make a fantastic exhibition. Read the New York Times review
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"The hat is not for the street: it will never be democratized. But there are certain houses that one cannot enter without a hat. And one must always wear a hat when lunching with people whom one does not know well. One appears to one's best advantage." Coco Chanel
"When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me. And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves, And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter." Jenny Joseph
"The hat I was married in, will it do? White, broad, fake flowers in a tiny array. It's old-fashioned, as stylish as a bedbug, but it suits to die in something nostalgic." Anne Sexton