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  • theatre and Concerrts

    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.

             

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Manus x Machina at the Met Museum

“Manus x Machina” is the title of the latest fashion exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum. It covers the extremes of tech age production from beautiful hand-craftsmanship to 3-D printing of designs. The mounting of the exhibit is a work of art in itself!

Some of the designer dresses would grace any woman. Some are downright impracticable and some are just plain silly!

Click on the pictures for detail:

 

Impressive opening exhibit--a gown for Royal occasions . . . (front) . . .

Impressive opening exhibit–a gown for Royal occasions . . . (front) . . .

 

 . . . . the incorporated train would need a dozen pages to stop the wearer from falling over backwards! . . . .

. . . . the incorporated train would need a dozen pages to prevent the wearer from falling over backwards! . . . . (Notice the lady onlooker with the fashionable hat) . . . .

 

. . . slightly pregnant side view.

. . . slightly pregnant side view.

 

The imaginations of modern dress designers know no limits : . . .

The imaginations of modern dress designers know no limits : . . .

 

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Detailed hand-work on the green dress above . . .

Detailed hand-work on the green dress above . . .

 

more imagination . . . .

more imagination . . . .

 

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 . . details of the above dresses . . . .

. . details of the above dresses . . . .

 

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Some designs were very feminine . . . .

Some designs were very feminine . . . .

 

Beautiful hand-work on the dress above . . . . .

Beautiful hand-work on the dress above . . . . .

 

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 . . . try sitting down in this! . . . . .

. . . try sitting down in this! . . . . .

 

 . . . on the defensive? . . .

. . . on the defensive? . . .

 

The 'wooly-caterpillar' look . . . .

The ‘wooly-caterpillar’ look . . . .

 

Naughty Nymph look .. . .

Naughty Nymph look .. . .

 

detail of the hand-work . . .

detail of the hand-work . . .

 

This dress is made of rigid material and is worn by stepping into the open back naked and using a remote to close the door! It permit forward movement but not sitting or climbing stairs--Not the attire for every-day use, I would imagine? . . .

This dress is made of rigid material and is worn by stepping into the open back naked and using a remote to close the door! It permits forward movement but not sitting down or climbing stairs–not the attire for every-day use, I would imagine? . . .

 

The inspiration for this obvious. The pattern was cut by laser beams.

The inspiration for this obvious. The pattern was cut by laser beams.

 

Intricate handcraft. . . .

Intricate handcraft. . . .

 

State-of-the-art dressmaking - - - See curator's caption below

State-of-the-art dressmaking – – – See curator’s caption below

A taste of the future?

A taste of the future?  

 

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3 Responses

  1. Great post! I had the pleasure of seeing the exhibition some time back and it did not disappoint. It was incredible, loved the little details on the dresses and you’ve got some great shots in this post!

    Darshana || glimpsesofdaworld.wordpress.com

    • Many thanks. I, too, thought it was a wonderful exhibit–my biggest problem was schooling myself to keep the number of photographs down to a reasonable limit for the post. Ben Thompson

  2. I feel you on that, I wrote a post on the MET museum on my blog as well so I know what you’re saying. But you did a great job! Feel free to read my post on MET – your feedback/ comment will be appreciated 🙂

    Have a great day!

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