The Genteel
January 20, 2021


Photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson at a Dior fashion show. Source:

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


MEXICO CITY - The Dresses of Frida. Frida Kahlo's wardrobe has been hidden to the general public until recently; her husband, Diego Rivera, requested that her clothing and possessions be locked away for 50 years after her death. On November 22, the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City will reveal the private closet of the artist, turning over 11 outfits every three months. Frida Kahlo Museum (November 22). 

Alina Kulesh explores the elements attributable to Kahlo's immortal style.

Jennifer Pattison won second place in the 
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 
competition for this portrait, Lynne, Brighton.

NEW YORK - Danish Design Review New York. In conjunction with the Danish Design Centre and Consulate General of Denmark, meet the rising stars of Danish design, as MoMA Senior Curator Paola Antonelli reviews their work; get updated on the major restoration of the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the UN, designed by Finn Juhl and set to reopen in 2013; and learn more about Danish Design Award and the role of Danish design today with CEO of Danish Design Centre Nille Juul-Sørensen. Parsons The New School (November 17). 

NEW YORK - The Color Revolution. Join historian Regina Lee Blaszczyk for a look at her book, The Color Revolution, which explores the often unrecognised role of the colour profession in consumer culture. Blaszczyk will explain colour forecasting and show how "colour engineers" help corporations use colour psychology. Museum at FIT (November 20).

LONDON - Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour. Curated by William A. Ewing, the exhibition will feature 10 Henri Cartier-Bresson photographs never before exhibited in the UK alongside over 75 works by 15 international contemporary photographers. The showcase will illustrate how photographers working in Europe and North America adopted and adapted the master's ethos famously known as the decisive moment to their work in colour. Although they often departed from the concept in significant ways, something of that challenge remained: how to seize something that happens and capture it in the very moment that it takes place. Somerset House (until January 27, 2013). 

LONDON - Ansel Adams: Photographs From the Mountains to the Sea. Witness over 100 original prints from the extraordinary detail of the tiniest images through to three of his ground-breaking photographic murals, each almost three meters in height. Those who know Adams will see his art from a fascinating new angle, and those new to his work will be moved by its inspirational and elemental beauty. Royal Museums Greenwich (until April 28, 2013).

Photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson.

LONDON - Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 offers a unique opportunity to see sixty new portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world. Through editorial, advertising and fine art images, this year's entrants have explored a range of themes, styles and approaches to the contemporary photographic portrait, from formal commissioned portraits of famous faces to more spontaneous and intimate moments capturing friends and family. National Portrait Gallery (until February 17, 2013). 

BERLIN - The Little Black Jacket. The Little Black Jacket is Lagerfeld's latest exhibit as a photographer. Taken over the course of a year, the project features over 100 photographs of famous personalities and artists wearing Chanel's iconic black jacket. U3 Bahnhof & Tunnel (November 23-December 14).

Read Semhar Woldeyesus' review of the exhibit when it made a stop in New York City.

SYDNEY - Modest Fashionistas Big Day Out. As part of its exhibition, Faith, fashion, fusion: Muslim women's style in Australia, this one-day event gives fashionistas an insight to the burgeoning modest fashion market in Australia that is giving rise to a vibrant, new style being adopted by Australian Muslim women. Visitors can meet and talk to the group of Sydney-based entrepreneurs who are designing and selling clothes to a growing number of Muslim and non-Muslim women who want to dress fashionably yet modestly. Powerhouse Museum (November 17).



Anna Karenina. The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright is a bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy's timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna (Knightley) questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to all around her. (Opens today).

Alina Kulesh sits down with Anna Karenina’s costume designer, Jacqueline Durran.


Wall Street Journal - The less-than-towering fellow can have a hard time finding clothes that truly fit. One designer is addressing the issue with smart basics and a personal touch.

New York Times - How Zara grew into the world's largest fashion retailer.

New York Times - The best of Italy's luxury brands are resolutely digging their heels into the traditions of their homeland. Says Silvia Venturini Fendi: "There is no threat whatsoever that H&M will be knocking this off." 

Business Week - EBay Inc., which operates the world's largest online marketplace, is betting that a new fashion-focused partnership in China will help it break into a market where it failed five years ago. 

How To Spend It - The worlds of interiors and fashion come together to revel in the extravagant materials and intricate ornamentation of baroque



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