[Click to enlarge. Photo ©Tim Street-Porter from Doris Duke's Shangri La: A House in Paradise,
Skira Rizzoli, 2012. Image published here with written permission from the photographer and book publisher.]
After myriad mentions of Doris Duke's Mughal Suite, we'll soon see her Taj-inspired bedroom, bathroom, and dressing room in a whole new light, through the eyes of photographer Tim Street-Porter in this new book. Actually, we'll tour the rest of the East-meets-West hybrid house, Shangri La, too. From where I sit, the images offer the next best thing to being there. So the post will be up later this week. For now, one of my favorites of Tim's many shots: a detail from the dressing room. It's like Doris might walk in any second.
If you decide to check out any of the videos referenced in the previous post, the iTunes U series related to Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam & Burma, two thirds of which was comprised of pieces from Duke's Southeast Asian collection, I recommend Conserving the Collection (some of the best images from the show) and John Guy's Dressing Oneself (terrific 19th-century photos and textiles).