I may be a bit of a country girl at heart, but I so love the resources & opportunities available in an urban area - events like the Balenciaga exhibit at the deYoung Museum make my heart sing, especially when shared with a group of fellow sewing & design enthusiasts like this collection of beauties:
Jean, Beth, shams, Jennifer, Sydney, Rose, Me, and Natasha (photo courtesy of shams & the lovely Aussie fellow who kept on patiently clicking our camera shutters) And a big Thank You to Beth, who organized this outing. :)
One of my favorite little moments of the day was when, after thoroughly & happily inspecting all of the details in the pieces displayed in the first section, several of us rounded the corner into the next area & saw DOZENS more goodies ready to inspect and admire, & we all let out a collective squeal of delight, then burst into laughter! There were pieces from the 30's through the 60's, and most of them would be completely relevant & wearable today....maybe not by me, but if I had an appropriate event to attend & someone offered it, there were more than a few outfits that I would don in a heartbeat.....and my face would hurt by the end of the evening because of the smile that I was wearing along with it!
Here's one that I would get a LOT of use from:
And then, of course, there are the outrageous. The top third of this one is actually a cape/wrap thingie, so you can, indeed, feed yourself once you've removed it:
This one is just too much fun!:
And then there were the classically sublime pieces:
This shot is from another exhibit (same pieces, different arrangements):
The exhibit was SO worth visiting, but even better was a chance to connect with fellow BABES (Bay Area Bash Expressly for Sewists) whom I had met, plus a number of new to me sewists. We settled in with each other so comfortably, inspecting all of the details, yearning to touch the fabric, & chatted up a storm during a yummy lunch at the Cafe. All on a beautifully sunny day!
What do blueberries have to do with all of this? Well, before I left home, I carefully donned an outfit completely self-sewn, ready for a day of sewing chat & design delight, & just before walking out the door I grabbed a glass of blueberry juice.....which somehow ended up all over the front of my outfit! :( So after a quick change & a thorough rinse of my clothes, I was a bit late, but happy to find my patient fellow sewists chatting in the lobby & waiting for the stragglers.
And at the end of the day, the blueberry juice came out :D