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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


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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The Outstanding Mr. Ryan Gosling Is Excellent

The Excellently cinematic proof:

The Excellent Mr. Ryan Gosling in "Drive." Outstanding.

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Remembrances of Excellency Past: Valentina Nicholaevna Sanina Schlee

As told by Guiseppe Cipriani, General Founder of Harry’s Bar, Venice: “Who could ever forget the extraordinary fashion designer, Valentina Schlee?  Of Russian origin, she was Greta Garbo’s stylist. They both lived in the same building in New York.  Greta Garbo eventually became the lover of her husband, Mr. Schlee. Valentina always dressed like the Great Garbo.  Or perhaps the Great Garbo was always dressed like her.  A mass of tangled locks hid her from view even in the middle of summer. She was both the joy and the desperation of all our waiters and cooks and those of the Hotel Gritti as well, where she usually stayed. When she finally left, all the men heaved a huge sigh of relief.  I sent a bottle of champagne over to the staff at the Gritti, and made sure that everyone who had served her got their share.”

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Recognizable Excellence: Jon Savage On Music

The Outstandingly Excellent Jon Savage in Paris Vogue.

Jon Savage. Excellent. Image via Paris Vogue.

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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(Vague) Remembrances of (Intoxicated) Excellency Past

Remembering Outstandingly Excellent fun via the 1970s.

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Excellent Question, Concerning ‘Vanity’ by Natalia Brilli

The Excellent People for The Fancy: “Is Natalia Brilli Excellent? Outstandingly so..Why? The Belgian-born, Paris-based designer creates exquisite objects using the very finest leather & suede. Here: A skull box.”

'Vanity' by Natalia Brilli. Image via

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