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Picasso, Prada, and Katy Perry: Here’s How an Art World Insider Does Fashion Week


With her blog Minnie Muse, Colby Mugrabi explores the intersection of fashion and art–an appropriate content strategy considering the young insider spends her time going from the front row at New York Fashion Week to a private tour of the conservation department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and a party at Gagosian Gallery with Diana Widmaier Picasso and Katy Perry. Here, an inside look at what she’s seen this week.

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“I visited the conservation department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, and explored their remarkable archives. Here’s a glimpse at just a few of the pieces in their collection, some of which were gifts from various fashion houses – from Chanel, Christian Dior, and Maison Margiela – on behalf of Harold Koda, the longtime curator in charge of the Costume Institute, in honor of his retirement in early 2016.”

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“More from the Costume Institute accessory archive. Shoes, shoes, glorious shoes! Here are trays of heels designed by Roger Vivier for Christian Dior from the 1960s. Each one looks like a unique little confection.”

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“I went to a private preview and walkthrough of chef and restauranteur Mario Carbone’s new kitchen at The Landmark Rooms, formerly known as the Four Seasons Restaurant, at the Seagram building. The new space should be open for business in March. Here, Carbone shows off some of the new appetizers.”

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“Like many in the Northeast, I woke up to about eight inches of snow during New York Fashion Week. Here’s a photograph of Gramercy Park in the morning. I love the city with a little frosting.”

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“Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen presented the Fall 2017 collection for their fashion label The Row during New York Fashion Week at a space previously belonging to the midcentury furniture store Wyeth. Here’s a look at the grand finale, where models paraded through the expansive room scattered with metal columns to Richie Havens’ anthem Freedom.”

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“At a visit to artist Dustin Yellin‘s studio in Brooklyn, I spotted these highly intricate 12 x 12 inch cubes depicting underwater-scenes, shipwrecks and vast mountain-scapes. These works are studies for a much larger pieces he is starting to work on now, which will take over a year to complete.”

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“Children admiring this masterpiece by Kenny Scharf in the newly open ‘Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s’ exhibit at the Whitney Museum.”

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“Curator Diana Widmaier-Picasso and her friend, the pop star Katy Perry, at the closing of ‘Picasso’s Picassos’ show at Gagosian Gallery.”

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“I couldn’t help but pose with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ singer Anthony Kiedis in front of Picasso’s Mousquetaire à l’épée assis, 1969, at the closing of ‘Picasso’s Picassos’ show at Gagosian Gallery. Prada and Picasso are the perfect combination.”

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“Or at Andrew Kreps Gallery for Fredrik Værslev’s show Merman, wearing The Row. No, this was not planned!”

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“At a visit to rare book dealer Harper Levine’s space in New York I fell in love with these beautifully bound fabric catalogues by Presage. Beginning in the 1960s through the end of the 1980s, Presage created quarterly books of haute couture fashion forecasts combining art, fashion, design, and trends all presented though a highly sophisticated lens and layout.’

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“I love this work by the late artist Steve Wolfe in the show ‘Remembering Steve,’ now on exhibition at Luring Augustine. Wolfe spent a majority of his career creating sculptures and drawings of books he found inspiring. This piece appears to be a well-read edition of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karinia, but at closer inspection, it is a highly precise, three-dimensional replica of the famed Russian novel.”