Friday, June 30, 2017

Wednesday, June 28

That Jazzy Age...
At The Cooper Hewitt
This past Wednesday dawned as a glorious summer day just in time for my latest Wednesday foray. Joining me was Elke Kuhn, textile expert and wearer of costumes assembled with panache and creativity.

Our destination was The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on the Upper East Side of Manhattan home to spotless brownstones, gleaming apartment buildings, lavish window boxes, and posh matrons in expensive duds.

The six train took me to 96th Street and Lexington Avenue and upon my debarkation I had a nice walk to 5th Avenue and 91st Street. All the better to see the sights of the Upper East Side, so different from my messy Lower East Side neighborhood.
 Well-groomed canines 
await their dog walker's call to action.
 Preppy ladies
 Curated Window Boxes
 The Begonia is the border flower of choice.
 Doormen of the Upper East Side.
 Apartment buildings with gleaming brass
accoutrements and clean sidewalks.
My destination:
The Jazz Age:
American Style in the 1920s.
 Elke wore an outfit in tones
of gold, silver and ivory.
 She posed in front of a magnificent
art nouveau screen.
Her flower-shaped hat attracted
scads of compliments all
afternoon long.
 I went for color with my Sonia Delaunay
silk tunic, necklace of my own design
and hat from La Cerise sur Le Chapeau
in Paris.
I am standing in front of Robert Delaunay's
painting of the Eiffel Tower.
 We arrived in time for a docent-led tour.
"Blues" by Archibald Motley typifies the music
and the movement of the 1920s.
An evening dress and underslip in blue
silk chiffon with applied blue ombre silk fringe
by Coco Chanel. 
The 1920s is my favorite fashion period.
A cloche hat of my own design echos the
1920s moment in fashion design.
Step lively and click your heels with this poster by AM Cassandre. 
The exhibit covers design, decorative art, jewelry,
fashion and architecture.
An art deco brooch.
Droopy loopy garlands.
A textile design on cotton and linen by
Raoul Dufy. His woodcuts were suited to
textile patterning.
Skyscrapers were a novelty of the time.
Designers put them on desks.
Models for Marmon automobiles.
A daybed  from the 30s.
Elke and I loved this purse with its
illustration reminiscent of The Little Prince.
 My kind of object. A hanging by
an Italian Futurist.
 I never met a hatbox I didn't like.
Do dive with me now
The blue-green sea beckons
I wear a striped suit
 Exit through the gift shop.
Elke tried on a statement necklace.

À Bientôt!


  1. What a dreamy daybed! Your photos reminds me of when my sister and I were little and we could talk about which apartments we would live in when grew up. My Mom would laugh at us since they cost millions, I am sure the New Yorkers were smiling as well.

  2. Thank you for this post! You inspired me to visit the exhibit with a friend this past weekend. I think you'd enjoy the Florine Stettheimer exhibit up the block at the Jewish Museum, too, if you haven't already seen it. —CJ

  3. Finally got a google ID – the above anonymous post was mine.