Photos taken by Victoria Alvarez for Micaela Glazman, a talented young fashion designer who is currently studying in the Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires. She wanted the aesthetics to be as futuristic as possible in order to share a particular story with the viewer.Read More »
The pictures were taken at the Fortabat Museum in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires.
Models: Pablo Singman and Agustin Altieri
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Some may know her as the artist who intervened in 2012 Louis Vuitton’s purses and shop windows with thousands of “polka dots”, but Yayoi Kusama is much more than that, this painter, photographer, sculptor and performer is probably one of the most recognized Japanese artist in the world. It was her, thanks to her obsession with “polka dots”, who marked an unprecedented record with the mega retrospective in her honor in the MALBA Museum in Buenos Aires months ago. The queue was many blocks (and hours) long, surrounding the museum during EVERY day the exhibition was on. More than 2500 people per day visited the museum, achieving more than 200 thousand visitors between July and September. This was a real social phenomenon in Argentina.
It reminded me when the Mona Lisa traveled to New York in 1962 to be exposed for a few days at the MET , thousands of visitors flocked to see it just to say they had seen it, because she had been seen as a phenomenon, something that no one could miss. Something similar happened here, where people went to the museum just to say they had been there and to upload their pictures in the rooms full of infinite dots in all colors to social networks. But probably many of the visitors had never heard anything about Kusama’s work before. This phenomenon seems quite curious and interesting, and I think that if exhibitions are able to touch the viewer, bring people to the museum and try to eliminate that idea to the common people that the museum is a place only for the elite, then so be it and let’s applaud that!
This retrospective was also interesting for being a tribute to an artist who is alive, which is not very common as many are honored and recognized years after their death, so this is something to highlight. This exhibition will continue its tour to Rio de Janeiro , Brasilia , San Pablo and finally Mexico City. We have to see if the obsession with Kusama comes up there too, generating the same phenomenon as in Argentina or not.
What I appreciate about this artist, beyond her work and her being a pioneer in many aspects, is that despite being currently voluntarily admitted to a mental institution, she is an example of how art can be a way of fighting, in this case against her disease: infinite dot hallucinations that transcend the boundaries of the frame and wrap the viewer’s space. Kusama said that if she stops painting she begins to experience suicidal thoughts, so what appears to be the cause of her illness might actually be the cure…
What can I say? She is so cute, right? I saw her when I was leaving the Yayoi Kusama exhibit at the MALBA. The dots on her face are stickers that were given at the entrance, visitors were supposed to stick them in one of the rooms, as a participative decor. But this girl decided to cover her face with the polka dots and she was walking around the gift shop, with a nonchalant attitude.
I was discussing this picture with a french friend and we were thinking it would be impossible to see something like this is Paris. No parisian parent (or at least not most of them) would let their child walk around like that in public, it’s not “elegant”, but in Buenos Aires it’s considered a sign of creativity.
This little girl and her polka dot face made me think of the time I went to the annual children’s book fair with my face covered with blue dots when I was five or four. When I tell this story to my french friends they can’t believe it. How was I allowed to go like that? How didn’t anyone make me wash my face?
I think in France élégance is the most important thing for the french, and not only for children. But I think it’s more obvious with little children. And even if I love the style of mini-parisians, with their trenches, ballerina flats and chignons, I also love this more creative style.Read More »
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Usually I love a good candid street style picture, it seems more natural. In a way, taking photos of people walking down the street is a way of bringing fashion closer to reality, to break it free form the artificiality and idealization on magazines and runways. Then “natural” is a good thing.
But I just love it when I approach someone on the street to take their picture and they strike an elaborate pose. It’s true, it’s not natural, these people know they are being photographed and are trying to project a certain image of themselves. The thing is, most of the time that pose sort of completes the outfit. That pose shows personality in the same way the clothes do. The look and the pose complement each other.
A few months ago, I took a picture of an older lady in Paris and when I asked her she just transformed, her face lit up, her body moved gracefully into a diva-worthy pose. It was amazing. I loved her outfit before, but the pose took it to another level.
These two girls did the same thing, in a very different way. Their outfits were girly and bright, and the pose really shows how fun and outgoing they were in person. I don’t think the picture would have they same charm if they just looked natural.
What do you think? Do you prefer candid pictures or quirky poses?
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A few weeks ago I prepared a project on history of photography, and Helmut Newton being my favorite photographer it only seemed fitting I’d create a tribute to his work. But instead of emulating the poses and scenes that he offered the world I wanted to do something different.
If you don’t know about Mr. Newton he was a German-Australian photographer. Prolific, widely imitated fashion photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of Vogue and other publications. To him photography was a way to seduce, amuse and entertain.
So take a step back and really, really look.
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Model: Olivia Kalinowski
This month my coups de coeur are all about Yayoi Kusama.
Obsession and polka dots.
As I told you a few days ago, Kusama’s exhibit at the MALBA had a big impact on me and ever since I came out of the museum I started seeing dots everywhere. Polka dots are timeless in my humble opinion, they are always fun and cheerful. That’s why I love that Marc Jacobs quote, and who could be a better expert when talking about polka dots in fashion?
There is something very alluring about the simple and repetitive nature of dots. It is such a basic pattern, it can be reinvented over and over again. Anyway, I’ll leave you with my favorites of november, inspired by Yayoi Kusama, Marc Jacobs and dotted obsessions.
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2. Dolly Dot Tights – Wolford
3. Glitter-Dot Black Tights – Hue
4. Frame – Oscar de la Renta
5. Pants – House of Holland
6. Dress – Dolce and Gabbana
7. Top – Yumi
8. Knitted Jumper – Equipment
9. Top- Sonia by Sonia Rykiel
10. Earrings – John Hardy
11. Pumps – RED Valentino
12. Lilian PJ – Equipment
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