April 25, 2015
Philippe Lanfranchi - Christian Dior: The Man Behind The Myth (2005)
"It’s 1947. France is in the midst of reconstruction after the war. Although fabrics are being rationed, a young designer wins the world over to his daring vision of feminine elegance. He once again establishes Paris as the capitol of fashion. His name, Christian Dior, is destined to reach the realm of myth.
"This man, however, who so completely changed and glamorized haute couture from 1947 to 1957, contradicts the extroverted, flamboyant image the public has of fashion designers. Christian Dior, never comfortable with his celebrity, was a reserved, conservative man who hadn’t even considered working in the fashion industry. The events that led up to his role as “director of dreams for high society” astonished him more than anyone. He was a down-to-earth, humble man who treated the 900 employees of his large company as family. They were the ones he worked with to make the creations he so enjoyed drawing a reality.
"What are the roots of Dior’s impeccable taste? What inspired his dynamic creativity and amazing success? His childhood in Normandy, the everlasting image of his mother’s elegance, as well as his love of flowers, art, and architecture, help unravel the mystery of the man behind the myth."
Tove Lo - Habits (Stay High)
April 23, 2015
Iris Van Herpen Fall Winter 2015/2016
HAIM - Forever
April 21, 2015
Gustav Holst - The Cloud Messenger Op. 30
"This piece is the largest of the 'Indian' works Holst composed between 1895 and 1914. It is based on the 'Meghaduta,' an epic poem by Kalidasa, the Indian poet. Holst once said that the translation of this poem took him seven years to complete, 'seven happy years, of course.' Holst didn't complete this translation alone though. There was a similar translation used by R. W. Frazier in his book, 'Silent Gods and Sun Steeped Lands,' of which Holst owned a copy.
The Cloud Messenger is about an exiled poet from Central India who sends a cloud toward the Himalaya Mountains to relay a message of love to his wife, who is lonely. There are great moments of dance laced throughout the piece, which serve to symbolize the cloud listening in on the dances in the temples of the holy city. In the end, the cloud delivers its message by speaking softly into the sleeping ear of the poet's wife."