The Genteel
January 20, 2021


A still from the film, SAMSARA, which opens this weekend. Source:
Walker Art Center Rei Comme des Garcon choreography
Merce Cunningham & Rei Kawakubo at
the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead.


TORONTO - The Tutu Project Auction. Own a piece of The National Ballet of Canada's history. Fifty-six one-of-a-kind pieces made by some of Canada's top artists and designers, including VAWK and David Dixon, will be auctioned as part of a National Ballet fundraiser. The night includes a special discussion with Karen Kain, artistic director of the National Ballet, and Caroline O'Brien, curator of 60 Years of Designing the Ballet. Design Exchange (August 28).

Read The Genteel's interview with Caroline O'Brien here as she discusses the cult of the ballerina throughout history. Alina Kulesh attends opening night of 60 Years of Designing the Ballet. 

NEW YORK - Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival. For the third year in a row, the Metropolitan Opera is presenting free HD video screenings of ten productions that showcase today's biggest opera stars. As long as the sky remains clear, you can grab a seat outdoors at Lincoln Center Plaza and enjoy classics such as Carmen, Don Pasquale and La Rondine. Lincoln Center Plaza (August 27-September 5). 

MINNEAPOLIS - Dance Works III: Merce Cunningham and Rei Kawakubo. Focusing on the extraordinary costumes that Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo created for Merce Cunningham's 1997 dance, Scenario, this exhibition explores the collaboration between the Japanese fashion designer and the legendary choreographer. Walker Art Center (until March 24, 2013). 

SAMSARA film 2012
A still from SAMSARA, which opens this weekend.

STOCKHOLM - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Stockholm. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Stockholm supports around thirty local designers twice a year. Various locations (August 27-29). 

VENICE - Venice International Film Festival. On August 31, Gucci will present its second annual Award for Women in Cinema; the nominees include Colleen Atwood, Nadine Labaki, Brit Marling, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Thelma Schoonmaker. In tandem with the award, Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation will debut the restored version of Francesco Rosi's 1972 political thriller Il Caso Mattei. Various locations (August 29-September 8). 

BRISBANE - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane. This year's festival has a new home in the heart of Brisbane, at Treasury Casino & Hotel. Various locations (August 25-31). 

Next week, watch this space as Louise Willis reports from MBFFB!


Vogue Weddings: Brides, Dresses, Designers (Knopf). In light of my wedding tomorrow, we're excited to recommend this 372-page treatise on bridal couture. Edited by Vogue's Hamish Bowles and Chloe Malle, and "conceived and nutured" by Anna Wintour.  (Release: October 30, 2012)

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SAMSARA. SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means "the ever turning wheel of life" and is the point of departure for director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern. (Release: August 24, 2012)

ONLINE - What's with the surge in five-figure ready-to-wear, non-couture dresses? How did this happen and who's responsible? 

With Paris Haute Couture Week knocking at her door, Chere di Boscio contemplates the relevance of haute couture today.

Wallpaper* - Italy's dynamic design dynasties and the empires they rule.

The Cut - With fashion week season just around the corner, here's The Cut's Ten Rules for Getting Shot by Street Style Photographers from last year. Truth? Read Preetma Singh's (no stranger to being photographed herself) take on the state of street style culture here.

Chictopia - It's not quite fall yet, but didn't you know that fashion trends start six months ahead? Chictopia on the key shapes to expect for Spring 2013. 

The Guardian - An upcoming exhibit at the V&A Museum is charting David Bowie's life and times through his clothing. 



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