3 posts tagged "Rose Apodaca"
“At first sight of the gr.dano collection, I could instantly spot the technical skill in the draping and construction,” says fashion curator Rose Apodaca, who assembled nearly 100 items from 11 designers for the Pasadena Museum of California Art’s biennial showcase. “Deciding what the show needed to be was easy; the real challenge was limiting the choices to 11.”
Gr.dano, suffice it to say, made the cut, joining the ranks of designers like Rodarte and Phillip Lim, who have shown in the biennial in years past. The line is the work of San Francisco designers and partners Jill Giordano and Brian Scheyer (pictured, with Apodaca). Its architectural-inspired shapes play off the other work in the show, which ranges from fashion to architecture to graphic design. “We’re excited to meet all the other designers, especially since we’re inspired by the other fields,” said Giordano. L.A. locals with an interest in their own field can head to TenOverSix, where they’ve just launched the collection, to pick up their sculpted jersey dresses, belted knee-length skirts, and exaggerated-collar button-downs.
California Design Biennial: Action/Reaction is on view through October 31, 2010, at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 East Union St., Pasadena, Calif., (626) 568-3665, www.pmcaonline.org.
Decades owner Cameron Silver led a delegation of L.A. fashion types to see his friend Dita Von Teese debut her Live at the Crazy Horse act in Vegas last night. He was kind enough to send back his report on the evening. Some bugle beads, alas, were harmed in the making of this production.
A Dita Von Teese performance may appear to be all about the art of stripping, but it’s just as much about the art of dressing. Dita wears—at the beginning of her act, at least—couture costumes by Elie Saab and John Galliano, and her fan base is equally fashion-conscious. I flew in from L.A. for her Vegas opening last night with a crew of style mavens—Susan Casden (in Alexander McQueen), Rose Apodaca (in a Thomas Wylde kimono), British burlesque star Immodesty Blaize (in Jil Sander), and Michael Schmidt. We were all wowed by the spectacle—not to mention the Crazy Horse dancers, who, with their precise moves and perfect bodies, look like a living embodiment of Guy Bourdin’s seminal Charles Jourdan ads from the seventies. (“Those dancers are hot stuff, and really can inspire a girl to try some new tricks!” filmmaker Liz Goldwyn told me.) I must say, though, as someone who deals day in and day out with immaculate couture, I winced a little each time one of Dita’s shucked-off pieces hit the floor. “Well, that’s an element of the decadence of burlesque,” she told me. “Dropping, flinging, tossing aside these beautiful things. It always hurts me a little to hear the bugle beads and Swarovski crystal crashing to the floor, but that is part of the fantasy, the excessiveness of the show. And anyway,” she added, “we just send it off to repair, and trusted cleaners.”
Live at the Crazy Horse runs through April 7. For more information and tickets, visit www.mgmgrand.com.