Sunday, April 29, 2007

Brooching the subject…


As promised here, this is something a bit more serious from the Musée des Arts de la Mode (fashion art) located in the musée des Arts Décoratifs. As part of the jewelery exhibit, this brooch is just one amongst hundreds of other fantastic pieces on display. In total, the museum’s collection contains some 16,000 costumes, 35,000 fashion accessories, and 30,000 pieces of textile, tracing the history of costume from the Regency period to the present-day and innovations in textiles since the 7th century. I almost didn’t go into this part of the museum as I usually find jewelery exhibits boring, but I have to tell you that this is something not to miss.

31 comments:

  1. Fascinating, Eric! I'm sorry - i thought you just said you find jewellery exhibits BORING! No, because that would just be SILLY...

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  2. Errr... Well, I am silly then! Cause it's true, I have no particular emotion in front of a diamond or a ruby.

    But in front of a broach like that, it's another story ;)

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  3. oooh goodness Eric. Diamonds mmmm! No, you're never silly though dear Eric.

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  4. Terrific photo! I always thought that would be a wonderful place for photography because the lighting is so dramatic. I don't suppose you happened to snap a photo of the ostrich brooch? I saw it a few months ago and fell in love but had nothing but my cellphone with me to capture it with...

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  5. This is a dramatic piture Eric. I am with you on jewellery just don't tell my wife.

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  6. Lynn stop calling Eric DEAR.

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  7. Very intense photo! I suppose you use some trick to have this effect, so perfect!

    It's understood why men find jewelry boring and women don't. As Marilyn would say "diamonds are a girls best friend"

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  8. Ooooh aubergine, what's up with that? Eric knows Lynn is just being silly and friendly and that she doesn't actually intend on hunting Eric down and forcing him to love her! Someone once got all uppity at me for having a bit of silly flirtation with a friend online when neither myself or the other person involved had any problems with it. He was full well aware that though I had a crush on him, I wsa just having a bit of harmless fun. Not that I'm calling you uppity or anything, but I suggest you leave the situation between Lynn and Eric, because only Eric can truly say whether or not he'd like Lynn to stop. Isn't that right Eric, dah-ling? (You don't have to answer that if you don't want to, Eric!)

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  9. Oh yes, and I love this photo! Don't know what I'd ever wear this broach with, but it's awesome!

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  10. I usually don't go to the jewelry section of museums but this picture is great so I'm glad you went there. -Ryan of OC Photos

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  11. Jen, you are right. The lighting in this exhibit is awesome. The room is basically black with the lights focued on each piece. I DO like good jewellery from an art perspective. I wouldn't say it makes me emotional either, but the artist's craft is truly amazing on a good piece.

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  12. Totally off-topic, but something I wanted to share from Metaphysicalmama who sent me this, a list of the best steak frites joints in Paris (you'll need flash and sound).

    For those of you planning a trip, you might find it useful (although I still find the steak best in the Americas)!

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  13. Very dramatic, almost eerie. You never know what will inspire you in a museum so I check out every section. I accidentally found the origin of Denim with text and photos in a little hallway of a museum in France. I thought it was an American fabric but know I know the truth. Shades of Levi Strauss!

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  14. Michael
    yummy!!! What a great off topic tip. Enjoyed the report a lot and I was glad to know I've been to at least one of the places shown!

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  15. Re: Michael
    The article was in the paper this am but I enjoyed your link better. Thanks. Ironically, of all the steak joints in the world, I am walking into Chez Josephine Dumont for my birthday dinner in Paris on Cinco de Mayo( a day the French would rather ignore, I am sure) , as that is MY favorite steak place in Paris.

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  16. PHX-CDG, how wonderful to celebrate your birthday in Paris!!!

    Have a great time!!!

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  17. Glad you liked the link! PHX-CDG, are you in Paris now?

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  18. No, I am leaving PHX is 30 minutes for NYC. LHR first trip ,then CDG on the 4th (that is really dinner nite). Wanna meet b4 or do you want to wait for Monica and me in Aug?

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  19. I'd love to meet with you, but unfortunately I'm heading out of town myself. Otherwise, another time between now and August is also a possibility...

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  20. Great, I sent an email on your gmail website. Don't want to use this space here.

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  21. Excuse-moi de te corriger, Eric, c'est dans un esprit d'amitié...

    The piece of jewellery is a BROOCH. A BROACH is a rare name for a spit, cognate with BROCHETTE. It also turns up as a noun, in the expression "I broached the subject...."

    El Ingles, ecrivain et redacteur

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  22. Love your photos- I always try to go there once every two months but seems like the last time i was there they still had exhibition on Balenciaga and now its Jean Paul Gaultier i think...

    The jewellery exhibition is breathtaking though

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  23. That's right, me and PHX-CDG are going to meet in Paris in August!

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  24. I never would have guessed that this was a brooch - so unique! Have a wonderful vacation, Eric!

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  25. Soosh Aubergine is a little jealous by his own admission and this is why he wants me to stop but it's all, as you say, a little joke. I still call Eric dear, but sometimes i call Clo dear too. Frankly, i'm enjoying the attention.... lol!

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  26. Awww. ok. Glad it's not a big deal. Had to stick up for you tho, you know! And hopefully aubergine doesn't hate me for it or anything.

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  27. Ah thanks Soosh, course he won't. xx

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  28. Where are you going on hols Eric and ... can i come?

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  29. Pont Girl - about the Cafe Richelieu that we mentioned the other day, I just got the following info from a Paris guide: Cafe Richelieu, elegant cafe located at the first floor of Louvre, in Richelieu Hall.

    Voilá!

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  30. Monica: Based upon the description, I think it's the same place I was thinking of. You will have such a spectacular view sitting on the patio! I can see you now, sipping a Kir...

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