When Diana Vreeland announced that she was going to do a show of Hollywood costumes at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Director, Tom Hoving, was furious! “In the name of God, Diana, why are we dragging Hollywood into the Metropolitan?” Diana replied, “Tom, I’ve been looking at French couture for the last forty years, and I can tell you that I have NEVER seen clothes made like these.” Well… knowing that Diana was prone to hyperbole, if not outright lying, that was probably an exaggeration but she made her point and the show was a huge success.
Ms. Vreeland could envision what FiveoaksBouquet, Tara and I saw last Monday at the Grace Kelly show in Montreal… Edith Head and Helen Rose costumes DISPLAYED WITH couture from Chanel, Dior, Balenciaga, Saint-Laurent, Givenchy and Madame Grès!!! And you know… if I hadn’t seen the labels, I might not have been able to tell the difference between the Hollywood gowns and those from Paris. It’s the kind of show that Diana would have loved to put on… and it was great!
There hasn’t been much to write about lately. No new perfume out there has caught my attention. I’m still addicted to Olivier Polge’s Dior Homme. That’s what iris does to me. I did, however, pick up a bottle of Jean Patou’s Joy edt which is so hard to find these days. I’ll come back to it after I’ve worn it a few days… but I doubt that it will live up to its former glory now that jasmine absolut is considered a lethal weapon! Those of you with vintage bottles, hang on to them. Those concentrations of jasmine are a thing of the past!
In closing, so many friends and acquaintances tell me how great Maggie Smith is in Downton Abbey. But my really close friends know that I don’t watch television… only the news. But I do remember Maggie Smith from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie where she was on-camera during 80% of the movie and she made that film! Opera fans know that there is nothing better than a good letter scene in any opera unless of course, it’s when a really bad soprano dies of consumption or throws herself off a parapet… that gets a standing ovation from me every time! But this letter scene from Jean Brodie beats all! Enjoy this next clip… but try and “remain composed… like the Mona Lisa.”