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29 April 2013

My Very Own 'Happyland'

Before I begin this post, I would like to thank Ron, at the Uptown Acorn, for his blessing in allowing me to almost copy a similar post on his blog recently!  Thank you, Ron!

Most of you will, no doubt, be familiar with John James Audubon who was and is known world wide for his fabulous drawings and etchings of the fabulous Birds of  America.  He spent some time north of us in St. Francisville, LA, which he lovingly called "Happyland."  He produced a number of  drawings there while serving as a tutor to the daughter of a very prosperous resident.

Californian Partridge

I have been enchanted by his work for a very long time, and have quite a few hanging in our home in Louisiana.  

Did you know that, in addition to his well known birds, Audubon also drew a variety of other animals found in North America?  
Brown or Norway Rat

Black Rat

Little Harvest Mouse

Common Mouse
The picture above is of the common mouse with a block of cheese and a ginger jar.  This is one of the few times that Audubon included an inanimate object.  It's hard to find.

There are number of different editions that have been authorized throughout the years; certainly I do not own ANY of the first editions of the large sizes, but I do have a number of first editions of the octavo size (these are not expensive!):

They're even in the bathroom!

And I love the puffins, but they desperately need to be re-framed.

And for my ever wishful thinking, there are the books:

Same bird (carrier pigeon); different book.

Many libraries and museums around the country have collections of these fabulous masterpieces.  I hope you enjoyed seeing them!

Masterpiece Monday

21 April 2013

The Wedding Gowns

This is a follow up to the post last week on some of the gowns designed by New Orleanian Suzanne Perron.  
She is a wonderful dressmaker, artist, designer who designs very high end gowns for Carnival Queens and maids, debutantes, and brides.  Currently there is an exhibition of a dozen plus a few of the gowns at the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge.  If you live in the area, this is something not to be missed!
(While I was a little disappointed that the veils were  not included, I have noticed that lately veils don't seem to be as prominent as they once were).

Suzanne Perron - Photo from the LSU Museum of Art

Her wonderful book, Designing in Ivory and White, takes a much closer look the construction of these gowns, and traces their development from sketch to muslin sample to the intricate handwork that provides the exquisite finish.  It is a lovely, lovely book.  Brides, Carnival queens, maids, and debutantes are featured.

The LSU Museum exhibit has three of the wedding gowns on display.  I tried to get as many pictures as I could, even from the back, as the beautiful work doesn't just stop in the front!  I hope you'll enjoy these!

Gown #!:

Gown #2:

This is the actual bride in the gown, a picture from the book.

Gown #3:

The exhibit also has a number of her sketches:

This was a fabulous exhibit!  Thank you so much for enjoying it with me!

13 April 2013

Gowns Fit For Queens!

I don't know about you all, but I still love all things Queens and Princesses.  Today, I spent a good part of the afternoon at the LSU Museum of Art in complete wonderment over the Suzanne Perron exhibit.  Ms. Perron is a dressmaker, artist, designer extraordinaire who lives in New Orleans and designs gowns for debutantes, carnival queens and maids, as well as wedding gowns.  Since I have no access to the grand carnival balls in New Orleans, I have only seen some of these gowns in the pages of  (what's left of) the New Orleans paper.  So, when this exhibit was announced, I knew I had to see it!

LSU Museum of Art

 Preceding this exhibit, I purchased her book, Designing in Ivory and White, which gives a glimpse into the extraordinary work and detail that go into these gowns.  Each is a work of art, and one can only wonder as to the fortune paid for each one!

I hope those of you who appreciate dressmaking and artistry (and queens, princesses and brides) will enjoy these photos.  I took many, many more and it was difficult choosing which ones to include here!  

Gown worn by the 2012 Queen of Carnival (the queen of carnival's gown is always gold) at the Rex Ball:

Gown worn by the 2013 Queen of Mithras:

Gown worn by the 2013 Hermes Queen:

Gown worn by the 2013 Queen of Carnival at the Rex Ball:

A future post will include the wedding gowns on display, as well as some of the actual sketches!
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