Dior Exhibit – Part II

The Dior Exhibit is vast – take time to visit the many videos and displays. Plan on a two hour stay. It is a wonderful trip down memory lane taking in the Dior commercials, magazine covers, and the most fascinating, the atelier exhibit. Here the private workshop of those who create the fashion are displayed.

The Wall of White – how each creation begins

Another fascinating venue: The making of a Dior watch..

When Christian Dior passed he wished the fashion house be passed to Yves Saint Laurent. Management was skeptical about this 21 year old, however, the succession was past when the 1958 Laurent spring collection was revealed. Here’s some of Yves creations..

Next: Marc Bohan 1961-1989 He had the slim look, inspired by flappers of the roaring 20’s which captured Elizabeth Taylor’s interest purchasing 12 dresses. Youthful style of swinging London was his trademark.

Gianfranco Ferre 1989-1996 An Italian designer, he was the mover behind the haute couture revival of the 1990’s. A fan of lavish ornamentation, his work:

John Gallano 1997-2011 A British designer his appointment shocked the industry. According to the exhibit signage he merged the industry with imagination and respect for tradition..

Raf Simons 2012-2015 Of Belgian descent this designer was known for minimalism, and was a romantic. He stated, “I don’t have any stories of the day or concepts to propose. I believe in a modern-day aesthetic. Women are no longer interested in clothes that don’t let them move.”

Some of his clothing available on the web.

The most current House of Dior designer is Maria Grazia Chiuri (2016-present). She is an Italian designer and a feminist, stating, “We should all be feminists.” Go, Maria!

Let’s end with a quote from a man who began it all.

Brooklyn Museum – The Dior Exhibit

Behind this display was a film of Dior’s American visits and throughout the exhibit paintings of Paris and works by French artists were displayed.

Early Dior
The fitted waist – a Dior trademark

What an extraordinary exhibit this was. It continues through February 2022. It is transforming.

Let’s start with a bit about the man.

Christian Dior

Christian Dior loved art and design, however, a career in this field was blocked by his family. After World War II this changed, and by the late 1940’s and 1950’s he became known as one of the most influential fashion designers of his time. While his career began in Paris his designs were quickly received by American women. He loved America and had many trips across the pond to promote his lines. Besides fashion he also designed perfume, jewelry, and cosmetics. Sadly he passed in 1957 at 52 years of age, however, Dior remains one of the world’s most influential and well respected fashion houses.

An avid gardener, his inspiration often came from flowers. Some examples..

Dior couture is often worn and photographed by the famous.


Dior loved to design evening gowns as he felt evening was an escape from life. This continues with the current Dior designers.

Next: The Dior Atelier and Dior Designers through the years

Tucker Carlson: A Traitor in Our Midst

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Of course we knew this, but did you know his broadcast is being played nightly on Russian television? Perhaps he should visit Putin along with the republicans backing the Russian demands. Do your own homework on that one. Disgusting. Maybe they all could stay in Russia like Edward Snowden. Only catch, don’t think Edward is real happy over there.


Biden invite Carlson to lunch at the White House along with “those republicans,” and their credibility with Putin will be destroyed. They’ll never be seen on Russian television again, and their ratings will lower, and isn’t that what this is all about?

Play hardball Mr. President.

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Caveat: What a difference 12 hours makes. Thanks to all the efforts of courageous diplomats, and President Biden’s steady hand. Guess Biden should have threatened freezing Putin’s assets earlier…

Three Highlights For Today

  • Federal Prosecutors looking at 2020 fake election certifications.
  • Radio signal coming from space every 18 minutes, ? dying star..
  • Omicron is 99.9% of all covid infections.


One final note… Was in New York City yesterday near St. Patrick’s Cathedral watching the sea of blue in their dress uniforms and white gloves. The first of two wakes were being held for the fallen officers lost in a domestic argument by a mentally ill man with a gun last week.

Say a prayer for the families of Officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora

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Good Bye Stephen Breyer, Happy Retirement

Stephen Breyer - Wikipedia

Today President Biden got thrown a life line with the retirement of 83 year old Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. He is hanging up his skates the end of the summer and moving on. Am grateful he is departing before the Senate potentially changes, however, with the idiots of WV and AZ, one wonders what could potentially occur.

Some of his stats:

  • second longest serving associate justice at 27 years.
  • Stanford educated, Harvard Law
  • considered the liberal wing of the Court
  • amiable, upbeat, and pleasant
  • good Stephen Colbert guest
  • recently wrote The Authority of the Court and the Peril of Politics

President Biden has vowed to appoint a black female to the bench, and Chuck Schumer has stated this will be done in record speed. Let’s hope so……

Three Highlights for Today

  • The world walks on needles and pins as Putin plans his attack. The EU is sending support to Ukraine, and the World Bank is considering shutting off Russia – PLEASE do so..
  • A winter snow blast is due this weekend in the Northeast
  • Federal Reserve to raise interest rates

Putin – Take him out

And I don’t mean dinner..

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Come on Vlad, we’re in the third year of a Pandemic and you are threatening World War III

Get real, stop the antics. Enough is enough.

What I don’t understand is why you are fighting over a piece of land when you could have it all if you let Russia become a democracy. You’d have more power and wealth beyond your wildest dreams. You’d be able to upgrade the 1.4 billion Black Sea Castle to 5 or maybe have a couple?? If you played your cards right, one in Florida. And in Florida they don’t care if you had a girl in every room regardless of their age….

Thanks, Carl Bildt from Twitter..

So, give the world a break and lay off! OR maybe you’d prefer a spanking..

Child Psychology.

Three Highlights For Today

  • Blinken looking over Russia’s counter offer to stop their aggression. Oh, Antony let’s hope you can pull this off. Am praying as we all need to be.
  • 12/16/2020 draft memo from our former oligarch prez reveals he was planning to have the military seize voting machines.
  • Omicron has peaked in the US.

Covid Progress: The Stats

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CBS Sunday Morning is a favorite of mine. This week was especially amazing with the Christine Baranski interview. Would say she’s my favorite Polish American but hopefully I have a potential son in law who will claim this title.

Acadia National Park at Sunrise

All that aside the John Hopkins University stats showed promising vaccination rates:

  • 63% of Americans vaccinated
  • 40% Boosted

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And the other stats:

  • Deaths: 865,300
  • 70,466,436 confirmed cases


  • 348,593,143 cases
  • Deaths 5,590,268

Keep up the fight America, mask up, we’re in the final stretch.

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And we’re going to win this one.

Sarah Palin – Remember her?


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The former Governor of Alaska, and Vice Presidential candidate is heading to court with the New York Times. Why? Well this pro gun, former Tea Party gal, (another remember that), is suing an editor at the paper for defamation. Apparently, she was inaccurately linked in the article to the 2011 shooting at a site where Rep Gabby Giffords, and others were speaking to constitutents.* Article stated her PAC circulated the location of certain politicians who were against her beliefs.

The NY Times has apologized, but guess that wasn’t enough.


And the last WHY?

She now lives in Arizona and probably wants to run again…..Spare US please…..

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Three Highlights For Today

  • Sinema censured – YES!
  • McConnell defending his record – what is that but to block everything that America needs
  • Blinken on Russia – Prayers needed here..

*Death of six, injury to 18 at this site by a man with a mental illness.

Lincoln Center Reade Theater: Posters

When visiting the Lincoln Center complex go early as often there are pop-up museum pieces which are priceless. You won’t see them anywhere else. On my way to the loo discovered these notables. Let’s start with the actor/directors and their signed portraits.

Liked this George Clooney pic as it captures another side, pensive.

Then the posters..

What a fun rainy Sunday afternoon, makes one glad the sun didn’t shine.

Lincoln Center: January Weekend 22

View from Lincoln Center Theater

On this rainy weekend explored the Lincoln Center area. Besides the Metropolitan Opera, NYC Ballet, and Film at Lincoln Center, discovered the Lincoln Center Theater with its limited engagement of Flying Over Sunset.

Anxious to see another James Lapine production I attended. Tickets were reasonable at this Vivian Beaumont Theater which supports and honors ongoing creativity. The venue is modern, comfortable, and easy to navigate.

Great Stage, Audience Seating

This fictitious romp concerned itself with a 1950’s LSD trip of notables – Aldous Huxley, Clare Boothe Luce, Cary Grant and Gerald Heard. All had documented “trips” during this time when LSD was legal. While humorous it provoked questions regarding life’s journey, and the ultimate question, “Why??” Acting, dancing, and singing was superb, as with any NYC performance. The plot line was loose, however as the Program Note stated one needed to connect the dots. Good performance for a rainy weekend..

Next: Parallel Mothers with Penelope Cruz directed by Almodovar

Interesting movie with many twists and turns. Penelope is a woman left pregnant by her lover who befriends a young woman in the hospital as they both give birth. Upon hospital departure they continue a friendship. The lover of Penelope returns. He is a forensic archaeologist and issues of World War II occur in the movie. With the background of Spain’s beauty the movie entices, especially with this Europhil who always yearns for Europe, but will say no more so as not to give away the movie “secrets.”

There was much promotion with this movie and when this occurs always wonder…. However, acting was fair to intense, as was story line, and it was a perfect diversion on this rainy January day. Recommend attendance as it gives insight to many issues and a historical perspective on the pain of World War II.

Note: This Lincoln Center Theater is in the Julliard complex across the street from the Lincoln Center Movie Theater.

Mayor of Washington D.C. Muriel Bowser

Since 2015 Muriel Bowser has held the reigns of a very challenging post as Mayor of Washington D.C. This 49 year old previously represented the 4th Ward of the District of Columbia from 2007-2015.

With wise decisions to protect her City during the January 6, 2021 insurrection, she is grace under fire. Having experienced her eloquent speaking style during a Bloomberg campaign stop, she is knowledgeable, charming, and well versed. In her position she oversees an 8.8 billion dollar budget, and is strong on covid protections. She announced on November 4th that she will run for another term, which will not be a problematic fight as in the last election she received 76% of the vote.

Go Muriel!


Three Highlights For Today

  • Russia continues to threaten the Ukraine.
  • New tr investigation and charges in Georgia voting and election results
  • Arctic blast hits the south