Friday, June 27, 2008

Deco Desires

Please excuse the gratuitous portraits, but I was just so thrilled with this wonderful outfit. You can read more about it in the previous post, A Vintage Dream.

The occasion was the opening of the National Gallery of Victoria's Art Deco 1910 -1939. exhibition. And what a spectacular evening it was. From the illuminated and mirrored pillars at the entrance, to the jazzy band and vivacious crowd. I must admit, I would loved to have seen more people dressed for the occasion, it is rare to get a chance to break out this much glamor day to day, so when the invitation comes - to arms people!

The exhibition itself was just like living in a dream. Each piece resonated with history, but in a way that was not musty or patinaed with age, but bright and sparkling, like the young things whose lives they would have no doubt graced. Having seen the era reproduced on the silver screen is a wonderful romantic experience, but standing bathed in the glow of the lights of the old Strand Palace foyer, simply transforms you. Each minute scratch making the sense of history palpable, and as you catch your reflection in the multitude of mirrored surfaces, you feel yourself dissolving into a film strip of the past.

The exhibition is on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and we have never before seen anything like it on our shores. So do not miss it people! I'll be making sure that I take both my girls to see this as soon as possible. They may be only 4 and 11 months, but you are never to young to surround yourself by beauty and art.

You can find more images of the evening at The Vine . Or for more detailed information and a not to be missed peak at the exhibition, check out The Age online.

Image courtesy of The Vine


Amy G said...

Looks like a dream come true! The dress is absolutely perfect, and your stylist did a lovely job with your hair. Bravo!

Tizzalicious said...

Hello Mrs. Movie Star!

The Seeker said...

OMG!!! I'm so flatared that you've visited my blog and left a comment.
Thank you so much.
I love love your style, you're so elegante, chic, classy and beautiful.
Thank you so much also for your advice. I like people to advice me in a constructive way like you did.
Thank you very much.
(Since I'm a no native English I just want to make sure that you were talking about the sunglasses, wasn't it?)

Gosh you're so gorgeous in this outfit!!!!

(It's a pity that I haven't a place were I could get some vintage stuff. Well there's always E-bay, but I'm affraid buying there.)

Thank you again.


girl said...

i dig your flair for deco and your wartime coif in the style diary with the white coat (and those delicious round toe pumps) is trés fabuleux.



The Clothes Horse said...

You look unbelievably glam and I love that fur wrap!

K.Line said...

You are a vision! It's like you were born for that era. (Though I think the gorgeous tatoo might have freaked out one of the prospective Edwardian mothers-in-law :-))

Anonymous said...

a real diva!
you are great!

Rollergirl said...

You look effing amazing. When I see pics like this I think, hmm maybe I should make more of an effort but when the time comes...I just can't be arsed! Fab.

WendyB said...


Imelda Matt said...

OH MY EFFING LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'D TURN STRAIGHT FOR YOU! (and yes i screaming it). I can't gush enough, I'll camping out at the news agency so I can get the first paper!!!

Lisa K.nits said...

You look like you stepped out of the silver screen! Amazing! I love reading your blog, you've got such great style!

Super Kawaii Mama said...

Amy G: I was so pleased with my hair, its a pity that you can't see it better in these shots. I'm kicking myself I didn't get more close ups.
Tizz: I certainly felt like one too with all that posing for the paparazzi!
The Seeker: You are most welcome and thank you for the delightful compliments. And regarding my comment, yes it was about the sunglasses.
Girl: Thank you, I must admit, I feel so comfortable in this style.
K.Line: You're right, I can work the aesthetic but I don't know about the attitude.
Greetz:Thank you!
Rollergirl: Thank you. The whole process of getting dressed up is so much fun for me I would hate to miss out.
Wendy: Thank you. :)
Imelda: Why thank you sweetie (you can have your autograph now), does that mean I'd have to fight Imelda Mark?
Lisa k.nits: It was really one of those evenings. I had quite a few misty eyed, elderly gentlemen tell me the same thing.

Lil Midget said...

OMG. Simply simply simply stunning!!

katie said...

Love it!!! You look beautiful- what a fun night you must have had :)

Lil' Puch said...

You look georgeous!!!
Fantastic outfit, you accomplished the look you were looking for the occasion

Shady said...

I'm so happy to have 'met' you and discovered your wonderful blog!
Your description of your glamorous evening just transported me there, I could almost HEAR the musical laughter & the tinkling of glasses. You have a great gift for writing (as well as having super style, my kinda gal!)
And about your style- oh my gosh you look AMAZING in these photos! Absolutely breathtaking. I can't even choose a favorite, they are all such beautiful shots. Thanks for sharing with us!

Super Kawaii Mama said...

Lil midget: Thank you. I think you would have enjoyed the fantasy of the evening too.
Katie: An absolute hoot!
Lil Puch: Thank you.
Shady: Thanks, I really hope I am able to recreate my experiences to share with my readers.

Angelle said...

Nothing to add regarding how ravishing you look...

How long is this exhibition on for? I'd love to see it considering I'm such a fan of Deco... It's not that long a flight from NZ!

enc said...

You could not look more beautiful or happy. So wonderful!

Fur can be a tricky issue, but yours is vintage, which makes a difference. I think it's perfect here, and you should wear whatever you want.


The Collector said...

Dear Lord, an Art Deco Exhibition?! I'm so jealous that you got to go. This just makes me want to buy a plane ticket to Melbourne right away! Nothing like that ever comes down my way! Your make up and hair look fabulous. But especially your hair - the style is impeccable.

Super Kawaii Mama said...

angelle: Check out the link to the NGV for all the details. I think it runs for a couple of months and SO worth the trip.
Enc: Thank you, it was a debatable choice to post, but I try to be as authentic as possible.
The collector: Buy your ticket now. If you are a Deco fan, or just love beautiful things, you can't miss it. The fashion included is absolutely exquisite and includes and fully sequined Chanel pant suit.

miss cavendish said...

A truly lovely ensemble. I wish there were more opportunities to dress Art Deco.

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Could you just look any more stunning?

Super Kawaii Mama said...

Miss cavendish: Perhaps that's why every party I throw ends up being themed or costume.
Freelancer: Thank you.