ChatterLog September 2009

Louisa & Louisa – A Swimming Story

Photo © Stephen Flint

After a predictably quiet summer, everyone was returning to work and the kids were back at school. I spent a large portion of August (less so in July, basically due to the rubbish weather) at my local New York City “free” outdoor swimming pool. “Free” is good, especially when you are broke, and boy oh boy, did that water feel fantastic! I find swimming to not only be great physical exercise, but also a very mentally therapeutic and emotionally calming activity. I’ve always enjoyed swimming but I’m not a huge fan of the beaches around the New York area. I’d rather be in the Caribbean (who wouldn’t?) but that wasn’t an option, and the hurricanes had been producing such big waves and rip tides that you couldn’t really swim in the ocean, even if you wanted to. So it was the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center for me and I felt extremely grateful to have a swimming pool so close to where I live. Formerly the Carmine Recreation Center, it was renamed after Tony Dapolito, “The Mayor of Greenwich Village” whose family had started the famous Italian bakery Vesuvio’s on Prince Street.

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Now, if you are in the New York area and you haven’t already seen the Richard Avedon exhibition at ICP – Avedon Fashion 1944-2000 – then you have until September 20th. A truly wonderful collection with many of his iconic images – not to be missed! But while you are there, be sure to check out the accompanying Paris Fashion 1945 exhibit in the café area on the lower level. Following World War II, in an attempt to revive the battered French couture industry, designers made miniature outfits for small, wire-frame dolls and created an exhibition entitled “Theatre de la Mode,” with over 230 of them displayed in stage-like sets. It was a huge success and traveled the globe until the return of the fashion industry, at which point the dolls disappeared. Years later, they re-surfaced and were returned to Paris, where they were restored and photographed by David Seidner – sadly there is only one of the original dolls along with the photographs in this exhibit – truly adorable though!

Avedon Fashion 1944 – 2000
Exhibition running through Sunday, September 20th, 2009

@ International Center of Photography
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
New York, NY

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David Seidner Paris Fashions, 1945
Also running through Sunday, September 20th, 2009

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