Although it seems less likely every time it snows in April, soon we'll have to unpeel our beigy layers and bust out whatever fabulousness lies underneath. For inspiration come see the staggering number of fashion photography books that have lately bloomed (forgive me) on our shelves.
Along with David Bailey, Oliver Theyskens, Ellen von Unwerth, Patrick Demarchelier, Jeanloup Sieff and Guy Bourdin, there are also compilations of Vogue covers, Marvin Sokolsky's 60s bubbles, the drawings of Kenneth Paul Block and Maddalena Sisto, Mario Testino's well-oiled seductions, Helmut Newton's Amazons and of course, all those wonderful Vreeland memos: "I repeat again the importance of white knee socks ..."; "The coat people are very frightened."; "[W]ould you write us everything you know about the Queen of Bhutan."
But in the end, as Mrs. V reminds us, “A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste -- it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.”
Love & Literature: The Catalan Institute of America brings
“International Books & Roses Day” to the New York Community
With a Literary Crawl through Brooklyn Bookshops
SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 2014 • 1-4PM
The Catalan Institute of America is pleased to announce a literary crawl through Brooklyn’s DUMBO community in celebration of the traditional Catalan festival, La Diada de Sant Jordi, also known as “International Books & Roses Day” and UNESCO’s “World Book Day.” The event, which will highlight literature in translation, will take place in partnership with Melville Books, Berl’s Poetry, P.S. Bookshop, and PowerHouse Arena on Saturday, April 26 and will consist of a series of short readings in English of world literature in each of the four bookstores. There will also be a designated section of translated works on sale in all of the stores; customers who purchase books from those sections will also be able to purchase roses at $1 each from the Catalan Institute of America, in collaboration. (Roses will be available for $3 each to those who do not purchase a book.) Each reading will last approximately 20 minutes, at which point the activity will move on to the next bookshop on the following route:
Stop 1: 1:00-1:30pm: Melville Books
Stop 2: 1:45pm-2:15pm: Berl’s Poetry
Stop 3: 2:30pm-3pm: P.S. Bookshop
Stop 4: 3:15pm-4pm: Powerhouse Arena
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL BOOKS & ROSES DAY
Since medieval times, the citizens of Catalonia have given the yearly April 23rd celebration of their patron Saint George (“Sant Jordi” in Catalan) a romantic twist. Legend has it that when Saint George slayed the ferocious dragon that terrorized his people during the eighth century, a rose blossomed from the blood of the wound and was then given to the local princess. For centuries Catalans have celebrated this feast day as a “Day of the Rose” or “Day of Lovers,” whereby couples celebrate their love by exchanging roses, similar to the international tradition of Valentine’s Day. In honor of the April 23rd deaths of both Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, Catalans further transformed their romantic celebration into the “Day of Books,” celebrating literature by exchanging books and roses with lovers, friends and family. Cities throughout Catalonia, including its capital, Barcelona, fill up with colorful bookstands and flower stands, authors do readings and signings, and half of the total yearly book sales in Catalonia take place on this occasion. Inspired by this beautiful tradition, UNESCO officially named April 23 “World Book Day” in 1995, and this year, the Catalan Institute of America is pleased to bring La Diada de Sant Jordi to bookstores in Brooklyn’s DUMBO!