Jean Paul Gaultier at the Brooklyn Museum

Saturday I visited the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.  Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit, even though he’s not one of my favorite designers.  It included over 140 haute couture looks on mannequins, video clips of runway shows and clips of movies for which he’d done the costumes, some interviews with the designer, many large format photos from his ad campaigns, and some interesting polaroids from the fittings for Madonna’s Blonde Ambition Tour.  The show emphasized the designer’s use of androgyny, playful sexuality, and modern takes on traditional costumes from around the world.  My favorite part of the show was a clip of the designer speaking to the press at one of his shows.  He encourage people to wear his clothes with confidence (specifically the cone bra;-) in order to impact those around them in a positive way.  Of course he says it in a much more poetic (and french;-) way.

The show us up until February 23rd.

My iphone pics can’t do it justice, but here are my best shots:

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Tweeds and Checks

winter purse fabricsI found some beautiful winter fabrics at Mood the other day.  I’m especially excited about the black and gold boucle, which is a Carolina Herrera.  These are going to make wonderful Amelie and Camille purses.

Mood’s online store is a great option if you’re looking for fabrics but can’t visit their New York or LA stores.  To see more boucles like these click here.

The Sweat Shop Book has arrived

I love it when Christmas lasts for months!  My latest Christmas gift to myself (courtesy of Amazon gift cards) arrived in the mail this morning…The Sweat Shop Book.  I am so excited!  I just spent the better part of an hour flipping through it, being charmed by it.

For those of you who don’t know, The Sweat Shop is a cafe/crafting atelier in the Canal St. Martin area of Paris.  You can take classes there in knitting, sewing, customizing clothing.  You can also pay for time on the machines by the hour if you’ve got projects but are in need of a sewing machine or serger.  And of course, you can sip on a coffee or sample their desserts. It’s been around for a couple of years now and my lovely friend, Emily Towers, worked there and created some of the patterns for the book.

The book creates a full-on experience, mimicking the cool, cozy vibe of the actual Sweat Shop.  There are photos of their neighbors from the Canal St. Martin area, recipes, music playlists, address lists for resources & shops in Paris, in addition to the many many patterns and projects.

The first project that I’m going to make is the “Bonbon, Draught Begone!”, which is a door draft stopper.  Parce qu’il fait froid maintenant!

The Sweat Shop
13, rue Lucien Sampaix
75010 Paris
M Jaques Bonsergent

The Sweat Shop Book is available on Amazon.com here
or
on Etsy.com here