The Genteel
April 17, 2021


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


SEOUL - Simone Handbag Museum. Opened on July 19, the Simone Handbag Museum gives a dynamic overview of the history of Western bags from the sixteenth century to the present, with a collection acquired by exhibition-maker Judith Clark. Simone will also be launching its own range of bags this summer. 

NEW YORK - Richard Avedon: Murals and Portraits. Gagosian Gallery presents an exhibition of Richard Avedon's legendary photographic murals and related portraits drawn from the collection of, and developed in collaboration with, The Richard Avedon Foundation.

 Gagosian Gallery (until July 27).

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The Tanks at Tate Modern. Source: 

LONDON The Tanks: Art in Action. Architecture and art come together at the Tate Modern's former underground oil tanks re-designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. A 15-week opening festival at the Tanks is dedicated to exhibiting a gamut of live art, performance, installation and film works. Tate Modern (until Oct 28, 2012). 

LONDON Pop! Design, Culture, Fashion. POP! will explore the impact of music, art and personality on the development of the fashion of the times. From the poodle skirts and embellished leathers of the rockers through to the Punk era, this exhibition will take in the cool stylings of the Mods, the high baroque of Psychedelia and the kitsch glamour of '70s retro by designers such as Mr Freedom and Miss Mouse. Fashion and Textile Museum (until October 27, 2012).


PINA. Director Wim Wenders takes the audience on a sensual, visually stunning journey of discovery into a new dimension: straight onto the stage with the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch ensemble. Wenders follows the dancers out of the theatre into the city and the surrounding areas of Wuppertal - the place, which for 35 years was the home and centre for Pina Bausch's creativity.

Read The Genteel's article on the life and works of the beautiful and beguiling, Pina Bausch. 

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How to Make a Japanese House. 

Watch out for Mademoiselle C., an "upbeat, fly-on-the-wall documentary following the flamboyant former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld's (sic) as she works on the launch of her new fashion magazine CR," according to film trade publication Screen Daily. No word on a release date, but bet on it happening around the time of the launch of Roitfeld's much anticipated CR Fashion Book

Read The Genteel's article on the battle for Manhattan as Condé Nast takes on Carine Roitfeld.   


How to Make a Japanese House (NAi Publishers). Nowhere in the world have architects built homes as small as in Japan, and nowhere have they done so with such ingenuity and success. How to Make a Japanese House presents 21 lessons in how to design a single-family home from three decades of architectural practice. Through a rich array of research, interviews, drawings and photographs, the book demonstrates that Japanese homes present a radically different way of thinking about architecture, and provide inspiration for dwelling on a smaller scale. (Release: September 20, 2012) 

Kate: The Kate Moss Book (Rizzoli). Kate Moss is the subject of a new book, edited by Jefferson Hack. (Release: November 2012).


Financial Times - Take a bow, Churchill and Doctor Who - the resurgent sale of bow ties reflect the popularity of retro menswear.

Chictopia - Chictopia on the staying power of fashion and style blogging

The Guardian - One hundred years before The Sartorialist, Edward Linley Sambourne was busy documenting the fashion of his day: a glimpse at Edwardian street style

The Globe and Mail - American retailer Nordstrom is coming to Canada

Vogue UK - Ones to watch: the 10 finalists for the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition are announced.



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