The Genteel
March 2, 2021


From "Northern Women in Chanel".
Yohji Yamamoto Design Museum Holon
Preparing for the Yohji Yamamoto show.
Source: Photograph by Donata Wenders.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead.


PHILADELPHIA - Prom: Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark. Between 2006-2009, American photographer Mary Ellen Mark visited thirteen high school proms to create portraits of attendees with a 20-by-24-inch Polaroid Land Camera. Only five such cameras exist, and they make extraordinary and unique large-format prints. Mark selected high schools across the country that reflected the regional and class differences among Americans. Philadelphia Museum of Art (until Oct 28, 2012).

LONDON Metamorphosis: Titian 2012. A multi-faceted experience celebrating British creativity across the arts, Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 brings together a group of specially commissioned works responding to three of Titian's paintings - Diana and ActaeonThe Death of Actaeon and the recently acquired Diana and Callisto - which depict stories from Ovid's epic poem, Metamorphoses. National Gallery (July 11-September 23, 2012).

VERDENS ENDE ("THE END OF THE EARTH", NORWAY) - Northern Women in Chanel. Peter Farago and Ingela Klemetz Farago crossed Arctic plains and ancient forests with suitcases full of couture for their project, Northern Women in Chanel. Created in conjunction with Chanel, the duo shot close to 300 looks by the house in little over a year. The touring exhibition of the project will be on view at Verdens Ende until September 30, 2012.

Haute Couture 2012-3 Paris

Veils were all over Paris haute couture runways. 
Armani Prive haute couture A/W 2012
Source: REUTERS.

TEL AVIV (HOLON) - Yohji Yamamoto. Maestro of avant-garde fashion, Yohji Yamamoto remains one of the world's most influential and enigmatic designers and over the last forty years has made a vital contribution to fashion, challenging traditional norms of clothing with his style. The exhibition coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Japan-Israel relationship and the 40th anniversary of Yamamoto's company, Y's. Design Museum Holon (July 5-October 20, 2012). 


Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion (Portfolio Hardcover). In Overdressed, Elizabeth Cline (a former fast-fashion junkie herself) sets out to uncover the true nature of the cheap fashion juggernaut, tracing the rise of budget clothing chains, the death of middle-market and independent retailers, and the roots of our obsession with deals and steals. She travels to cheap-chic factories in China and Bangladesh and looks at the impact (both here and abroad) of America's drastic increase in imports. She explores how the pressures of cheap have forced retailers to drastically reduce detail and craftsmanship, making the clothes we wear more and more uniform, basic and low quality.

Monday in The GenteelErin Ridley comments on the shift by consumers towards a slow(-er) fashion philosophy, taking a deep look at the industry and psychology behind the change.

Northern Women in Chanel (Farago Publishing)Chanel's new book is an ode to the Baltic and Scandinavian beauties that have so often inspired Karl Lagerfeld's eye. Swedish couple, Ingela Klemetz-Farago and Peter Farago drew from Chanel's complete archives to create all 384 pages of the photo portfolio. A coffee table's dream.

Northern Women in Chanel
Northern Women in Chanel.

Prom: Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark (J. Paul Getty Museum). The high school prom is an American tradition, a rite of passage, and one of the most important rituals of youth in America. The internationally recognised documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark took on the extraordinary challenge of working with the Polaroid 20-by-24-inch Land Camera to produce this fascinating look at dozens of young people from a diverse range of backgrounds on this memorable night in their lives.


Telegraph - If the top shows at Paris Haute Couture Week are anything to go by, the super-rich won't be leaving the house without a veil come winter.  

FastCoDesign - On the edge of Germany's Black Forest, two historically embattled Christian sects are sharing a stark modern church.

Chictopia - Chictopia looks at fashion in the Middle Ages. 

The Times (London) - Female CEOs are shattering the glass ceiling in fashion. 

Fashionista - The history and future of the couture bride.

Wall Street Journal - Curator Johnson Chang's reconstruction of an entire ancient village outside a hyper-modern city is reviving near-forgotten crafts and traditions.  



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