Made in the Shade
Remember back when I mentioned Kelly Wearstler's latest master closet? According to Australian Harper's Bazaar, Wearstler has a collection of vintage parasols that are showcased in a closet at her family's 1920's estate in Beverly Hills. (When her third book is released, we should get a peek inside.)
This display of pretty Asian-style parasols in the windows of Mitzi & Romano on North Highland Avenue in Atlanta made me think again about Wearstler's collection and wonder what hers is like.
[Photography above, Luca Trovato, Town & Country, February 1999.]
In 1993, the Japan Society was the site of an exhibition, Rain and Snow: The Umbrella in Japanese Art. The show covered roughly 400 years of the umbrella's romantic history in Japan, and art historian Julia Meech wrote the first scholarly work about these iconic pieces. She covered the painstaking craftsmanship that once went into making them and explained that umbrellas were rarely decorated by artists until the 20th century. For more see this interesting New York Times story. The catalog is available here.