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.