|With fashion styling icon Tziporah Salamon at her book signing|
"The pursuit of a personal style proved a transcendental tool toward self-realization, enlightenment, and freedom from conventions. Counter-Couture exhibits garments, jewelry, and accessories by American makers who crafted the very reality that they craved, on the margins of society and yet at the center of an epochal shift. The works on display encompass the ethos of members of a generation who fought for change by sewing, embroidering, quilting, patch-working, and tie-dyeing their identity. Putting the handmade at the center of their daily revolution, they embraced and contributed to establishing a craft and folk sensibility in a seminal moment for the development of American Craft."
I thought I would find the show amusing and perhaps a bit tacky. I was wrong. The exhibition featured garments from the best designers of the era. There were a few that obviously look dated such as a quilted suit, but several timeless pieces as well that could be worn today. I was lucky when a young guard joined me at a display to give me some detailed background on one garment. It had been hand painted with a dye that is no longer available and cured in the sun.
Next I worked my way along the sidewalks - dodging umbrellas and trying to keep mine from being turned inside out by the storm - to get to MOMA. While I didn't want to see the museum displays this time around, I was on a hunt for unique gifts and they have two stores full of great ideas. The first is a gift/book store attached to the museum. Nothing specifically popped for me this time, but I did snag a MOMA coffee cup and Magic Wallet.
|NYC is full of these unexpected moments,|
The book signing was in an incredible vintage store called Sarajo that sold antique textiles and artifacts, costumes, art, jewelry, furniture and much more. Author Tziporah Salamon, a style legend known for her “The Art of Dressing” seminars, was dressed in a style that fit right into the store's ambiance and I was immediately charmed. Her new book The Art of Dressing: Ageless, Timeless, Original Style profiles ten stylish women over age 50, including the dancer Carmen de Lavallade, Marjorie Stern, and artist Michele Oka Doner. “Style does not just happen; it needs to be cultivated, chiseled, refined All are over the age of 50 because it usually takes that long to master this thing called style."
I quickly purchased a copy of hers new book which she signed and offered her a signed copy of my book as a gift. Then we posed together (opening picture), each of us holding the other's book. She was total class and went along for the ride. I am so grateful as it meant the world to me to get this pic. Even better, the pic was snapped on my little camera by photographer Mitsuhiro Honda - now a new FB friend. Thanks Colleen Tsoukalas - I wouldn't have been here to get this shot and a personally autographed copy of her new book without you giving me a heads up.
What a day. Even better, the weather is supposed to be improving tomorrow so I can head back out onto the streets and explore.