Category Archives: Fashion

Downton Abbey — Party Like It’s 1925

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, which I’ve previously mentioned, has extended its New York run, and is now offering a new, interactive feature:

It’s 21+, and tickets are $225. The package includes:

  • A three-hour cocktail soiree with Edwardian inspired passed hors d’oeuvres and passed small plates menu
  • Unlimited bar featuring a Downton Abbey inspired cocktail
  • Access to the Exhibition
  • Exclusive screening of rarely before seen cast footage
  • A complimentary Downton Abbey: The Exhibition keepsake book
  • A complimentary media guide for touring the exhibition

“Guests are welcome to dress in their best Downton Attire. All waitstaff will be in period costume, providing service of which Carson would be proud.”


“Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting” at the NGA

Meanwhile, back in Washington, I finally made it the National Gallery of Art for the brilliant “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting” exhibit.

The show included almost 70 works by Vermeer and his fellow painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Some, like Jan Steen, were familiar names, but many were new to me. I was unaware of Gabriël Metsu, for instance, who created the sublime “Man Writing a Letter” painting at the top of this item.

The exhibition runs through 16 January 2018. All images came from the NGA.

“Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition” — Coming Soon to a Stronghold Near You

If “Downton Abbey: The Touring Exhibition” isn’t your cup of Afternoon Tea, perhaps this will be more to your liking—“Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition” has just gotten underway in Barcelona.

Where it will show up next is anybody’s guess, because the tour’s stops after Barcelona have not yet been announced. But with the final episodes of Game of Thrones not expected to air until mid-2019 at the earliest, and with the final book of the series not expected to see print until George R. R. Martin’s heirs hire someone to use GRRM’s notes to complete the last four or five volumes, the tour should run for a long, long time.

According to the tour website, here’s what to expect:

In Barcelona, standard adult tickets for the exhibition range from €10.00 to €18.50, depending on the time and day, which is really reasonable. Expect higher prices when it hits the US.

If you want to see it in Barcelona, you can order tickets here. Barcelona is a beautiful city, and the food there is fantastic. Also, it’s warm in winter, and we all know that Winter Is Coming, don’t we?

“Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition” will be in Barcelona until 7 January 2018.

“Downton Abbey: The Touring Exhibition” — Coming Soon to a Stately Home Near You

I’m as much of an Anglophile as Her Majesty herself, and considerably more so than that Greek bloke she married. (You want proof? I used the word “bloke” in the last sentence, and who but a true son of Albion would do a thing like that?)

My Anglophilia is the reason I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Downton Abbey.

Yes, the plots were absurd, the characterizations were paper-thin, and the anachronisms were beyond counting. But…it was British! And not just British, but Stately Home British, which is the best kind of British to be.

I never missed an episode.

So I’ll almost certainly make my way to Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, which opens in New York next week. It looks like standard admission for adults is $30, and a typical visit lasts about an hour. Tickets are on sale for dates through January, at which point the New York show will either be extended or travel to another as yet unannounced location.

I’ll elaborate on some of my issues with Downton in my next posting. I tend to get a bit too snarky when I talk about it, and this tour announcement isn’t the place for snark.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace — Teasers

FX has been running some attention-grabbing teasers for the upcoming second series of American Crime Story, which will focus on the murder of Gianni Versace.

Here are five of them, none longer than 30 seconds.

Édgar Ramírez as Gianni Versace, and Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan. This gets points for creepiness, and for using the Versace palette of rich and saturated colours.

Penelope Cruz plays Donatella Versace. This scene is beautiful but unfortunate, because it inevitably reminds the viewer of Donatella’s well-known fondness for nose candy. At what should have been a tender moment, I couldn’t help but giggle.

Three more teasers:

The first series of American Crime Story, which was subtitled The People v. O.J. Simpson, was a critical and popular success for FX.

The second series, titled The Assassination of Gianni Versace, will première on 17 January 2018.

For my own wardrobe, such as it is, I’m strictly a Ralph Lauren traditionalist. Nobody ever claimed Versace’s clothes were exemplars of understated good taste, and I’d never wear them myself.

But sometimes, I wonder what it would be like to be young, rich, thin, stylish, and silly enough to wear Versace!

Well, not all of us can be successful coke dealers….

A Slide Show of Versace Shirts

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“David Bowie is” Coming to the US!

This makes me very, very happy.

“David Bowie is”, an exhibition that originated at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013, will be installed at the Brooklyn Museum next year. It will be the last stop on a long journey.

After the original blockbuster show at the V&A, “David Bowie is” went on tour, visiting 10 cities on five continents. Along the way, it became the most popular exhibition in the museum’s 165-year history, attracting 1.8 million attendees so far.

I saw it in Toronto, at the Art Gallery of Ontario, on the first stop of the tour. You can read my rapturous reaction here, along with a description of some of the items on display. A quick summary: It was one of the most brilliantly staged and mounted museum exhibitions I’ve ever seen.

Here’s perhaps the highest compliment I can give to “David Bowie is”: It’s worthy of Bowie himself.

“David Bowie is” will be on display at the Brooklyn Museum from 2 March 2018 through 15 July 2018.