About Christophe de Menil
Designer Christophe de Menil was born in France, and raised in Houston amidst the legendary collection of her parents, John and Dominique de Menil. At a young age Miss de Menil became well known for wearing the work of renowned designers, including fashion icon Madame Gres. Since her teens, Miss de Menil has also been a steady friend and patron of contemporary artists, architects and designers, including Matisse, Le Corbusier, Barnett Newman, de Kooning, Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Mark di Suvero, Philip Johnson, Louis Kahn, Luis Barragán, Tadao Ando, among many, many others. Inspired by these outstanding people, Miss de Menil established herself as a notable costume designer, producing work for Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, and Robert Wilson. While collaborating with Wilson she also created jewelry with the extraordinary Claude Lalanne.
Miss de Menil’s designs are a distillation of these remarkable collaborations and friendships, and her jewelry and clothing design hold the echoes of an immersion in the great theater costume departments of Europe: Munich’s Kammerspiele, Rotterdam’s National Theater, the Chatelet in Paris, Amsterdam’s Opera House, Rome’s Teatro dell’ Opera, Sicily’s Summer Festival in Gibellina. Contact
The late Helen Gurley Borwn was Cosmopolitan’s editor from 1965 to 1997, as recapped in her New York Times obituary.
Applauding artist Scott Campbell‘s outstandingly Excellent reaction to the installation of his recent sold out show of works cut from $100 bills at Vice Gallery in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City. Via Adam Bryce of Slamxhype: “A few weeks ago we mentioned the upcoming solo show of Scott Campbell at Mexico’s Vice Gallery. We were pretty excited to see new works from the hugely popular artist, one of our favourites, but also one of the world’s most in demand contemporary artists. As expected with a Scott Campbell show, the works sold out opening night, but the show didn’t end there. Campbell had issues with the way the gallery executed and handled the show, and after seeing no genuine comeback from the owner, the NYC Tattoo come fine artist took his entire sold out show to the sidewalk and lit fire to it! A lesson to all gallery owners to show the upmost respect its artists! If Scott wasn’t held in high enough regard by us already, he’s just boosted his stock ten-fold.” Agreed.
Flipping through Emilio Pucci, the recently published (by TASCHEN) coffee table book by the Outstanding journalist Vanessa Friedman, fashion reporter for The Financial Times. Pucci, the Marchese di Barsento, better known as the prince of prints of the pioneering Italian fashion brand, his vision, and legacy are profiled, remembered, and honored, in this limited edition of 10.000.. Each unique copy is bound with one of a selection of recent print fabrics from the Pucci collection. Price: $200. To add to your Excellent library, please click HERE.
“Yes, she did, but I said no. I’d just prefer to work with someone who is more original and someone who is not copying me, actually.” —Grace Jones, on being asked to collaborate with Lady Gaga, UK Guardian
Presenting Her Excellency Diana Vreeland, Special Consultant, Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as interviewed by Henry Geldzahler, New York Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, in her New York apartment in 1980 for The Empress and the Commissioner, an Outstandingly informative episode of Andy Warhol‘s Fashion, the mid 1970s/1980s Manhattan Cable television show, directed by Don Munroe.
“There are still people who want to criminalize homosexuality one way or another, and I thought it might useful if more heterosexual men admitted that they are a little bit gay, as is everyone, and that homosexuality is a form of love and not just sex.” —Christopher Hitchens, The New York Times, June 6th, 2010