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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes


Nashville in the 90s and Atlanta in May

 [Photography ©Bruce Weber, Vogue, July 1990. Feature can be seen here.]

When Vogue's former senior writer and contributing editor, Julia Reed, spoke last night to a gathering of SCAD students and admirers, she drew some hysterical parallels between Edith Wharton's Gilded Age and the extravagant late-1980s-through-early-90s.

One story -- not so much funny as artistically interesting -- had to do with Bruce Weber's photography for the magazine's Nashville feature Country Goes to Town (with Grace Coddington, fashion editor; newly-discovered Claudia Schiffer, Nadege, and Judit Masco, models; and Julia Reed, writer).  If you are old enough to remember it, is the Guess? era coming back to you now? The shot above evokes 'debutante-with-bikers' and it was taken, I believe, in Belle Meade.

While I do like the Lacroix skirt with the cashmere sweater, and the juxtaposition of the glossy red bike and black leather jackets with the oh-so-classic entry hall, my eyes are sort of gravitating to the rug. If you are interested in learning about old Persian rugs, R. John Howe continues to offer virtual monthly coverage of The Textile Museum's educational morning programs, and the V & A still has a host of short videos with essential information about oriental carpets.

A reminder: Keivan Woven Arts has a big sale coming up in Atlanta in a few days, and many other shops in The Galleries of Peachtree Hills, including Mrs. Howard, are participating in this third annual event. 

[Hayley Gaberlavage Perdido Key, Acrylic on Canvas.]

On Thursday, May 6 from 5 to 8 p.m., the Rialto hosts an opening for an exhibition of SCAD alum Hayley Gaberlavage's landscapes. Click here for details about Downtown Atlanta's First Thursday Arts Walk.

Paper Pursuits currently has in stock the July 1990 issue of Vogue with the Bruce Weber Nashville photographs.


Style Chronicle said...

Do you know which home in Belle Meade? I am so curious!? I don't recognize the entry.

little augury said...

How great to hear Julia Reed, I know she was fantastic. hope you will have more for us from her .pgt

Style Court said...

It was definitely interesting to listen to her and she's just as funny in person.

If I have a chance to follow up and confirm the location, the house, i will. I know they shot all over Nashville, with Julia's roots playing a part in how it all came together. The shot here represents Belle Meade; not positive of the exact location though.

Please stay tuned...

Mrs. Blandings said...

I loved the ball gown cashmere sweater thing. Nick Olsen just mentioned tanks and those ball gown skirts -maybe the two of you will bring it back.

Style Court said...

I LOVE that look. Love India Hicks in the pink ball gown skirt/white tank from the 1990s.

Karena said...

Oh agree completely, the ballgown skirts with cashmere or small silk tees I love!!

Art by Karena

Lipstick said...

I always love your Nashville posts. I hope you are doing well.

Dean Farris said...

Great post Courtney !

Love Bruce Weber, and Belle Meade...

Dean Farris

Lila said...

I love magazines from back in the day. My mother has a vogue or Bride's magazine from the 70's. It's so fun to look at!
Lila Ferraro
Queen Bedroom Sets

whitstem said...

Do you know if her talk was taped and is available anywhere online? Would love to hear it!

Style Court said...

Whitstem --

It might have been. Someone appeared to be photographing throughout. Not sure about audio. I'll ask.