Category Archives: Nostalgia

Legendary Lessons: Christophe de Menil is Outstanding, Excellent, Etc…

About Christophe de Menil

Christophe de Menil, Artist and Fashion Designer

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

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The Outstanding, quite undeniably legendary, Christophe de Menil (Right), with mode (left)l, as seen, and profiled, in W magazine. Image via W magazine.

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Diane von Fürstenberg is (Always) Excellent, Of Course

Outstanding historical proof: September 1978: Diane von Fürstenberg and Ara Gallant at a party for Egon Von Fürstenberg‘s book The Power Look.

Excellence: September 1978: Diane von Fürstenberg and Ara Gallant at a party for Egon Von Fürstenberg’s book The Power Look. Image via The Guardian.

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Remembrances of Excellency Past: Donna Summer

Donna Summer, March 26, 1978. Image via Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images via Nymag.com.

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Presenting Mr. Truman Capote, Outstandingly Excellent Style Setter

Via Mr. Porter. Words by Mr. Colin McDowell.

Mr. Truman Capote, shot by Mr. Michael Salisbury, at his house in Palm Springs, California, 1969. Image via Mr. Porter.

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Remembrances Of Excellency Past: Mme. Loulou de la Falaise

Remembering Loulou de la Falaise (1948 – 2011), Outstandingly Excellent muse to Yves Saint Laurent. RIP

Outstanding: Her Excellency Loulou de la Falaise: Image via Antimonide.

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Bijoux Report: The Outstanding Jewels of Mister Wilfredo Rosado

Mister Wilfredo Rosado makes jewelry that is Excellently Outstanding. Paris Vogue agrees. Perhaps so will you. To view the collection, please click HERE.

Excellently Outstanding jewelry by Wilfredo Rosado, as featured in Paris Vogue.. Image via Facebook via Wilfredo Rosado.

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Excellent Recap: Didier Lestrade’s Outstandingly Influential ‘Magazine’

“Excellence is to be 52 and not ashamed by the choices I made. Excellence is being wary of money, because all the rich people I know are really fucked up. Excellence is saying what you want to say in a world in which you become a pariah if you dare to say what you think. Excellence is being able to die when you want, how you want. It’s finding a way to go through life without going to the shrink.” —Didier Lestrade

Um, ahem (clearing throat). Doctor, we couldn’t agree more, really, with Didier Lestrade, founder of Magazine, the legendary, still-influential-today, queer cult ‘zine from the ’80s, and the man who launched ACT-UP, Paris as well as TÊTU, France’s number one gay publication. We have a previously professed fondness for remembrances of great things past here at The Excellent People world headquarters, and Lestrade, along with Magazine, were but two of the French delights that astounded us with Outstanding Excellency during our all-too-brief coming-of-age period in Europe, oh so many years ago. At the time, we were big fans (still are) and readers of Magazine. Feeling nostalgic, we decided to catch up with Didier Lestrade. Now let’s focus on his long overdue close-up. To read the full interview, please click HERE.

Remembrances of Excellency Past: Didier Lestrade's 'Magazine'.

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