Monthly Archives: July 2010

Yves Saint-Laurent, a retrospective at the Petit Palais in Paris

le coeur d'Yves Saint-Laurent

You have all summer to see YSL’s life work until 29 August 2010. The Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent and the Petit Palais (City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts) are showing an Yves Saint-Laurent retrospective exhibition.  On display are 307 haute couture and prêt-à-porter models, ranging from when Yves’s began in 1958 – at 21 he was already head of Christian Dior – to the splendour of the evening dresses from 2002.

Yves designed his heart brooch in 1958 for his first collection, but he continued to pin this brooch on his favorite dress in every new show.

Historical backgrounds of the designs and the development of the Yves Saint-Laurent style are explored. In 40 years Yves Saint-Laurent revolutionised women’s clothing, by using powerful attributes from one gender to the other; the male evening suit, trouser suit and safari suit.

Here is an introduction to the exhibition:

The Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent is financed by the proceeds of the ‘sale of the century‘ that took place February 2009 at Christie’s when Pierre Bergé decided to part with Yves’ and his’ vast and eclectic art collection after Yves’ death in 2008. From a jewellery perspective it included many beautiful and important cameo’s and this extraordinary boîte à portrait of Louis XIV by Petitot (1607-1691) and Le Tessier de Montmarsy, circa 1680.

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Art & Love at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Victoria & Albert: Art & Love

This major exhibition runs from 19 March to 31 October 2010. The exhibition focusses on the unique partnership of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their shared enthusiasm for art from the time of their engagement in 1839 to the Prince’s early death in 1861.

For Victoria and Albert, art was an important part of everyday life and a way they expressed their love for each other.  Around a third of the objects in the exhibition were exchanged as gifts between the couple to mark special occasions. They range from the simple, romantic and sentimental jewelry to superb jewels and other great art, such as an early Italian painting, including Bernardo Daddi’s The Marriage of the Virgin, given by the Queen to the Prince for his birthday in 1846.

The orange blossom jewelry

This is the fitted box and the original blossom brooch. This gold and porcelain blossom was one of the first gifts Prince Albert gave his fiancee. The box is inscribed “Sent to me by dear Albert from Wiesbaden Novr. 1839”. It has the form of a sprig of orange blossom which flower is traditionally associated with engagement. At the wedding the Queen wore sprays of real orange blossom in her hair and on her bodice. The Prince continued to give Victoria orange blossom jewelry, eventually creating a beautiful parure, parts of which she always wore on their wedding anniversary.

The fitted box for the original orange blossom brooch is inscribed  'Sent to me by dear Albert from Wiesbaden Novr. 1839'

The ‘Tibur Ruby’ necklace was made for Queen Victoria by R. & S. Garrard & Co. in 1853

The Koh-i-nûr diamond, the most famous gem from the Lahore Treasury, came directly to Queen Victoria from India in 1850, other significant jewels remained with the East India Company for the Great Exhibition. In recognition of the Queen’s patronage of the Exhibition, the Directors of the Company presented her with a magnificent selection of stones, of which the ‘wonderful’ rubies ‘cabochons, unset, but pierced’ particularly struck her: ‘one is the largest in the world, therefore even more remarkable than the Koh-i-noor’. This, the so-called Timur Ruby, which weighs 352.5 carats, together with three smaller stones – all of which are actually spinels rather than rubies – were set by Garrards into a new necklace of Oriental inspiration in April 1853. In June of the same year the necklace was adapted so that the re-cut Koh-i-nûr could occasionally take the place of the Timur Ruby; and in 1858 three of the five pendant diamonds originally attached to the centre of the necklace were made detachable for alternative use, two as earrings and the central pendant (the Lahore Diamond) as the centre of the Coronation Necklace.

The history of the stone, with its illustrious provenance from the Mughal Emperors Jahangir, Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb and Farrukhsiyar, and the Persian rulers Nadir Shah and Ahmad Shah, is partly recorded in inscriptions dating between 1612 and 1771 on the stone itself. The connection with the great Asian conqueror Timur (1336-1408), which arose from a misreading in the early twentieth century of one of the inscriptions, has recently been reconsidered, and it is now thought possible that Nadir Shah, who looted the stone from the imperial treasury in Delhi in February 1739, may have placed his inscription over an erased inscription proclaiming Timur’s ownership.

World Championship bracelets?!?

Did you know that our national soccer team wears so called  balance bracelets?  It’s a well kept secret because they are completely hidden under orange tape – no opponent must be hurt.  And off course,  the boys do not wear it to show off but to magnetize, electrify and empower themselves. Yesterday it worked fine!

“In this power bracelet are two holograms that will restore its wearer’s electromagnetic balance and optimize his energy-flow” according to playmaker Wesley Sneijder who introduced the bracelet to our team. Most likely he was inspired by his recent fiance Yolanthe who has tuned Wesley into fashion and spirituality. Wesley in his turn has gotten his whole team so far that they all wear the magnetized buddy bracelet – under the tape that is. So all we can do is believe him.

Wesley said that he feels stronger then ever and in order to proof the effectiveness of his bracelet he touches his toes claiming he was never ever flexible enough to do this before. We have been wondering if Yolanthe had something to do with Wesley’s newly experienced flexibility, but on the other hand Wes has been playing really well… He was Man of the Match against Uruguay yesterday in the semi finales. So let’s see what the bracelets will bring us on Sunday in the World Championship soccer FINALE. And let’s hope the Germans or the Spanish are less spiritual.

Click here to see Kuyt & Robben elaborate on their bracelet.