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Monday, October 7, 2019

#MovietimeinManhattan @TheAcademy #InternationalFeatureFilm 93 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2019 INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM OSCAR®

Ninety-three countries have submitted films for consideration in the International Feature Film category for the 92nd Academy Awards®. An international feature film is defined as a feature-length motion picture (more than 40 minutes) produced outside the United States with a predominantly non-English dialogue track. Ghana, Nigeria and Uzbekistan are first-time entrants.

Earlier this year, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted to rename the Foreign Language Film category to International Feature Film and expand the shortlist from nine to 10 films.

The 2019 submissions, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Albania, “The Delegation,” Bujar Alimani, director;
Algeria, “Papicha,” Mounia Meddour, director;
Argentina, “Heroic Losers,” Sebastián Borensztein, director;
Armenia, “Lengthy Night,” Edgar Baghdasaryan, director;
Australia, “Buoyancy,” Rodd Rathjen, director;
Austria, “Joy,” Sudabeh Mortezai, director;
Bangladesh, “Alpha,” Nasiruddin Yousuff, director;
Belarus, “Debut,” Anastasiya Miroshnichenko, director;
Belgium, “Our Mothers,” César Díaz, director;
Bolivia, “I Miss You,” Rodrigo Bellott, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, “The Son,” Ines Tanovic, director;
Brazil, “Invisible Life,” Karim Aïnouz, director;
Bulgaria, “Ága,” Milko Lazarov, director;
Cambodia, “In the Life of Music,” Caylee So, Sok Visal, directors;
Canada, “Antigone,” Sophie Deraspe, director;
Chile, “Spider,” Andrés Wood, director;
China, “Ne Zha,” Yu Yang, director;
Colombia, “Monos,” Alejandro Landes, director;
Costa Rica, “The Awakening of the Ants,” Antonella Sudasassi Furniss, director;
Croatia, “Mali,” Antonio Nuic, director;
Cuba, “A Translator,” Rodrigo Barriuso, Sebastián Barriuso, directors;
Czech Republic, “The Painted Bird,” Václav Marhoul, director;
Denmark, “Queen of Hearts,” May el-Toukhy, director;
Dominican Republic, “The Projectionist,” José María Cabral, director;
Ecuador, “The Longest Night,” Gabriela Calvache, director;
Egypt, “Poisonous Roses,” Ahmed Fawzi Saleh, director;
Estonia, “Truth and Justice,” Tanel Toom, director;
Ethiopia, “Running against the Wind,” Jan Philipp Weyl, director;
Finland, “Stupid Young Heart,” Selma Vilhunen, director;
France, “Les Misérables,” Ladj Ly, director;
Georgia, “Shindisi,” Dimitri Tsintsadze, director;
Germany, “System Crasher,” Nora Fingscheidt, director;
Ghana, “Azali,” Kwabena Gyansah, director;
Greece, “When Tomatoes Met Wagner,” Marianna Economou, director;
Honduras, “Blood, Passion, and Coffee,” Carlos Membreño, director;
Hong Kong, “The White Storm 2 Drug Lords,” Herman Yau, director;
Hungary, “Those Who Remained,” Barnabás Tóth, director;
Iceland, “A White, White Day,” Hlynur Pálmason, director;
India, “Gully Boy,” Zoya Akhtar, director;
Indonesia, “Memories of My Body,” Garin Nugroho, director;
Iran, “Finding Farideh,” Azadeh Moussavi, Kourosh Ataee, directors;
Ireland, “Gaza,” Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell, directors;
Israel, “Incitement,” Yaron Zilberman, director;
Italy, “The Traitor,” Marco Bellocchio, director;
Japan, “Weathering with You,” Makoto Shinkai, director;
Kazakhstan, “Kazakh Khanate. The Golden Throne,” Rustem Abdrashov, director;
Kenya, “Subira,” Ravneet Singh (Sippy) Chadha, director;
Kosovo, “Zana,” Antoneta Kastrati, director;
Kyrgyzstan, “Aurora,” Bekzat Pirmatov, director;
Latvia, “The Mover,” Davis Simanis, director;
Lebanon, “1982,” Oualid Mouaness, director;
Lithuania, “Bridges of Time,” Audrius Stonys, Kristine Briede, directors;
Luxembourg, “Tel Aviv on Fire,” Sameh Zoabi, director;
Malaysia, “M for Malaysia,” Dian Lee, Ineza Roussille, directors;
Mexico, “The Chambermaid,” Lila Avilés, director;
Mongolia, “The Steed,” Erdenebileg Ganbold, director;
Montenegro, “Neverending Past,” Andro Martinović, director;
Morocco, “Adam,” Maryam Touzani, director;
Nepal, “Bulbul,” Binod Paudel, director;
Netherlands, “Instinct,” Halina Reijn, director;
Nigeria, “Lionheart,” Genevieve Nnaji, director;
North Macedonia, “Honeyland,” Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska, directors;
Norway, “Out Stealing Horses,” Hans Petter Moland, director;
Pakistan, “Laal Kabootar,” Kamal Khan, director;
Palestine, “It Must Be Heaven,” Elia Suleiman, director;
Panama, “Everybody Changes,” Arturo Montenegro, director;
Peru, “Retablo,” Alvaro Delgado Aparicio, director;
Philippines, “Verdict,” Raymund Ribay Gutierrez, director;
Poland, “Corpus Christi,” Jan Komasa, director;
Portugal, “The Domain,” Tiago Guedes, director;
Romania, “The Whistlers,” Corneliu Porumboiu, director;
Russia, “Beanpole,” Kantemir Balagov, director;
Saudi Arabia, “The Perfect Candidate,” Haifaa Al Mansour, director;
Senegal, “Atlantics,” Mati Diop, director;
Serbia, “King Petar the First,” Petar Ristovski, director;
Singapore, “A Land Imagined,” Yeo Siew Hua, director;
Slovakia, “Let There Be Light,” Marko Skop, director;
Slovenia, “History of Love,” Sonja Prosenc, director;
South Africa, “Knuckle City,” Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, director;
South Korea, “Parasite,” Bong Joon Ho, director;
Spain, “Pain and Glory,” Pedro Almodóvar, director;
Sweden, “And Then We Danced,” Levan Akin, director;
Switzerland, “Wolkenbruch’s Wondrous Journey into the Arms of a Shiksa,” Michael Steiner, director;
Taiwan, “Dear Ex,” Mag Hsu, Chih-Yen Hsu, directors;
Thailand, “Krasue: Inhuman Kiss,” Sitisiri Mongkolsiri, director;
Tunisia, “Dear Son,” Mohamed Ben Attia, director;
Turkey, “Commitment Asli,” Semih Kaplanoglu, director;
Ukraine, “Homeward,” Nariman Aliev, director;
United Kingdom, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” Chiwetel Ejiofor, director;
Uruguay, “The Moneychanger,” Federico Veiroj, director;
Uzbekistan, “Hot Bread,” Umid Khamdamov, director;
Venezuela, “Being Impossible,” Patricia Ortega, director;
Vietnam, “Furie,” Le Van Kiet, director.

The shortlist of 10 films will be announced on Monday, December 16, 2019. Nominations for the 92nd Oscars® will be announced on Monday, January 13, 2020.

The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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#FashionAlert #ReadThis @YalePress @Dior The Collections, 1947-2017 Introduction and designer profiles by Alexander Fury Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner @hallakcleaners @hallakcouturecleaner

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A must for the fashionable, Yale University Press has hit one out of the park with Dior: The Collections 1947-2017.  It's the most beautiful reference work you can imagine with over 600 pages of excellence in gorgeous between "gentle dove grey."  Though we are a bit late celebrating the 70-year anniversary, this timeless classic is an enduring champagne flute "cheers" for all ages, and if you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet, this could knock many off your list due to its universal appeal.

Boasting over 1,100 photographs, Dior is a beautiful journey of high style and we love that it is organized chronologically.  From Christian Dior to Yves Saint Laurent to Marc Bohan, and then to Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, Bill Gaytten, and finally Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri, it is completely comprehensive and visually educational in addition to being well-written.

Dior's brilliance in the post-WWII era was exactly what the world needed: Haute Couture and the New Look.  You'll be transported back in time to the fashion shows you'd never be at, because you weren't born yet, and if you were alive, it is worth reliving.  Tremendous attention to detail at all levels is thought out and organizational, and every page tells you the specific designer, which we applaud.

If you are on the younger side, you will see styles that you thought were new have only come back! 

If you are an artist in any respect, this work is hugely inspirational.

We loved most by Dior himself:
The Profile Line
The Arrow Line

By Yves:
Trapeze Line
Silhouette of Tomorrow

By Marc:
The Slim Look
Feathered Knits
Fur and Trouser Suits
A Bit of Razzle-Dazzle
Pointillist Prints

By Gianfranco:
In Balmy Summer Breezes
In the Secret of a Venetian Winter
Images in a Mirror

By John:
Sportswear on High Heels
Empress Sisi
Film Noir

By Bill:
Elegance X-rayed

By Raf:
Warhol in the Clouds
City Lights

Dream again with Dior.  Your coffee table would be naked without it.
Dior The Collections is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.


632 pages, 7 1/2 x 10 7/8

949 color + 197 b/w illus.

ISBN: 9780300225846

Cloth over Board

A stunning and comprehensive overview of the legendary house of Dior, from its founding in 1947 to today, featuring over 170 collections presented through original catwalk photography 

In spring 1947, Christian Dior presented the first collection of his newly founded eponymous fashion house. Soon dubbed the "New Look," it grabbed headlines all over the world and turned Dior into one of the most influential brands of all time. After the couturier's untimely death in 1957, Yves Saint Laurent took the helm of the fashion house before being succeeded by Marc Bohan, who was in turn replaced by Gianfranco Ferré in 1989. In 1996, John Galliano was appointed creative director, designing flamboyant collections for a decade, before the arrival of Raf Simon in 2012, who gave the house a newly imagined identity for the 21st century. Maria Grazia Chiuri's arrival in 2017 as the first woman designer in Dior's history also marks the seventieth anniversary of the "New Look." 

For the first time, every Dior haute couture collection is gathered here in a single, lavishly illustrated volume--providing a unique opportunity to chart the development of one of the world's most famous fashion brands and to discover rarely seen collections. Dior: The Complete Collections opens with a concise history of the house of Dior before exploring the collections themselves, which are organized chronologically. Each new "era" in Dior's history is inaugurated by a brief overview and biography of the new designer, while individual collections are introduced by a short text unveiling their influences and highlights and illustrated with carefully curated catwalk images. A rich reference section, including an extensive index, concludes this definitive publication. 

Alexander Fury is men's critic for American, and was former fashion editor of The Independent, former editor of LOVE magazine, and former fashion director at ShowStudio from 2008 to 2012.


#CulturedPeachy #LondonPeachy @NationalGallery #Raphael #2020AutumnExhibition 3 October 2020 – 24 January 2021


3 October 2020 – 24 January 2021 
North Galleries
Admission charge
A painter, draughtsman, architect, archaeologist, and poet who captured in his art the human and the divine, love, friendship, learning, and power, who gave us quintessential images of community and civilisation: Raphael’s life was short, his work prolific, and his legacy immortal. 

In the year that marks the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, the National Gallery will present one of the first-ever exhibitions to explore the complete career of this giant of the Italian Renaissance. 

In his brief career, spanning just two decades, Raffaello Santi (1483–1520) shaped the course of Western culture like few artists before or since. This exhibition will examine not just his celebrated paintings and drawings - but also his not so widely known work in architecture, archaeology, poetry, and design for sculpture, tapestry, prints, and the applied arts. The aim is to do something no previous Raphael exhibition has ever done - explore every aspect of his multimedia activity.

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Raphael will demonstrate why Raphael plays such a pivotal role in the history of Western art, and seek to understand why his work remains relevant to us today. There will be more than ninety exhibits, with focus on autograph works and those in media he did not practice himself but for which he provided designs. 

Loans from across his entire career – many of them unprecedented – will be travelling to London from around the world, to join 10 works from the National Gallery’s outstanding collection of Raphaels. Lenders will include the Louvre, Musei Vaticani, Galleria degli Uffizi, National Gallery of Art (Washington DC), and the Museo Nacional del Prado.

Work and activities that cannot be represented by original exhibits – such as the monumental frescoed rooms in the Vatican Palace, known as the Stanze of Raphael – will be presented in other innovative ways.

For centuries Raphael has been recognised as the supreme High Renaissance painter, capturing visually our idea and ideals of the Renaissance.

Though he died at 37, Raphael's example as a paragon of Classicism dominated the academic tradition of European painting until the mid-19th century.

Raphael (Raffaello Santi) was born in Urbino where his father, Giovanni Santi, was court painter. He almost certainly began his training there and must have known works by Mantegna, Uccello, and Piero della Francesca from an early age. His earliest paintings were also greatly influenced by Perugino. From 1500 - when he was an independent master - to 1508 he worked throughout central Italy, particularly Florence, where he became a noted portraitist and painter of madonnas.

In 1508, at the age of 25, he was called to the court of Pope Julius II to help with the redecoration of the papal apartments. In Rome he evolved as a portraitist, and became one of the greatest of all history painters. He remained in Rome for the rest of his life and in 1514, on the death of Bramante, he was appointed architect in charge of St Peter's.

Raphael, Saint Catherine of Alexandria, about 1507 © The National Gallery, London
Raphael, Study for the Head of an Apostle in the Transfiguration © Private Collection
Pieter Coecke van Aelst, Vision of Ezekiel, about 1521 © Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas. Madrid


#TerrificTakeout #DistrictLocal #InauguralReview by #SeanMarr #PhilSmith #MikeGeddes #BennettPage and #AidenStenson

Owners Sean Marr and Phil Smith look forward to your next visit to District Local!

Best menu item by ten miles: Mussels with Green Curry and Chorizo!
We are pleased to announce the first review ever of District Local, brand new to Manhattan since June 2019.  Located on 7th avenue, it's brought to you by the terrific team behind District Tap House, District Social and Bedford Falls, all of which have earned Peachy's Picks status. Their menu is most similar to District Tap House with its concentration on small plates, which is appetizer-size to those unfamiliar with the specific terminology.  The menu has two sections: Snacks and small plates.
The snack to turn your edible attention to is the Speck Crisps: which is simply dehydrated speck and intelligently suggested to us by owner Sean Marr.  They absolutely hit the spot after a long day or night in Manhattan and pair perfectly with the alcohol selection by these imbibing specialists.  Other than the Speck under snacks, we think you should mainly concentrate on the excellence of the menu titled Small Plates.  District Local maintains the fabulous Harrison Mosher as Group Chef and has added Executive Chef Sarah Gouse.
11 years into doing this, Jaded Peachy is not surprised by much and there is not much she hasn't tried.   We have many bad surprises that we do not disclose here in writing, however, this is a GOOD SURPRISE. We actually had to look up quite a lot on this menu.  We were incredibly thrilled to meet the Lahmajun.  We had never heard of it despite our beaucoup de visits to Dr. Oz who is Turkish.  To us it is kind of like pizza, and it is flatter than flatbread.  Eggplant-based, it boasts onion, garlic, san marzano tomatos all of which combine for a fabulous ragout, and they join artichoke and turkish soft cheese.  You have to have this.

A solid contender Sean suggested was the Seared Scallops, which were well done.  Three scallops luxuriate in coconut milk and puffed rice, and another seafood to try is the Saffron Shrimp with Tzatziki (fantastic Greek influence)  and heirloom tomatoes.  We loved the variety in color in the tomatoes.  If you are new, know we do not edit pictures ever for anything and you excel like Sean, or you do not.  This is exactly how it looks.
The best meat dish without a doubt, and we are complete carnivores, is the Hanger Steak which is accentuated by a lovely lebanese vegetable ragout.  We were totally happy with it and especially applaud the BROCCOLINI, a highly underrepresented vegetable on all menus everywhere.  Up with Broccolini: we want to see more of it.  The Grilled Broccoli was also strong, and refreshing in a preserved lemon chimichurri and a lovely pumpernickel.  Peachy is a Deegan not a Vegan, but if you are a Vegetarian there are starred items made especially with you in mind.  We are meat eaters that like vegetables with our meat!
We are almost afraid to try mussels anywhere other than Jubilee because Luc Holie is the master and 99% of the rest of the world cannot compete with his genius.  However, we always have an open mind and the last non-dessert item we tried was the best of all at District Local.  We were incredibly impressed with the delicacy and flavor of the Mussels with Green Curry and Chorizo and sorry Luc, these are on par with yours.  We totally loved them and cannot wait to indulge in them again.  Their freshness and intoxicating aroma won us over before we started eating them, and of course they won this review when we were done eating them.  You have to go to District Local for this dish alone.
Apple a la mode and brownie and milkshake are perfect conclusions to celebrate this hot new spot.
District Local impressed us on our inaugural visit, and we look forward to seeing what they do next.


#ReadThis #NeverHaveIEver By #JoshilynJackson @JoshilynJackson

Who doesn't love winning?  Who doesn't love drinking games?  
Of course our readers do, and we are absolutely thrilled to tell you about Never Have I Ever.  Never have we ever heard of Joshilyn Jackson before, and we don't know her.  But she must be peachy if she's a Georgia girl.  We noticed the Dillard's reference and we like how they carry Karl Lagerfeld.  This book is decidedly in the south so it is like going on a complete vacation.

In our many hours of reading this year devoted to find an author AS AMAZING AS MOVER AND SHAKER CHARLES KIPPS, we have found it rather impossible.  Many have disappointed us, and we will not waste your time with them.  

Never Have I Ever is year-to-date the best book by an author new to us in 2019 in terms of fiction.

We will admit we were nervous at the start when it commenced with a mommy drinking book club group, however, the edginess was upped quickly and the intrigue unraveled.  Everyone in Manhattan can relate to the high value of having a good neighbor, particularly because we all live on top of each other here, and we can equally appreciate the tremendous misfortune of a bad one.

You really need to pay attention to details and though this is absolutely leisure pool/beach/club reading, don't let some motormouth let you deviate from the details and make sure you are checked out of everything else to fully concentrate on the oh-so-worth-it story.  You need to read between the lines to comprehend what does and does not add up.

Jackson is creative with word choice; you'll learn what a sex camel is.  Her verb choices like slithering are apt and paint a vivid picture.  She hammers home situations when she describes "The DIYers Guide to Blackmailers" and "Machiavelli for Dummies."  We will not give away her secretes, as the point is to get you to crack open this winner.

We did find one grammatical error on p. 173.  FEWER.  Not less.

We do however highly applaud the POOH reference on p. 283.  If you haven't read those books 100 times yet, you should.  Also high five on the BLEAK HOUSE reference; we read the book multiple times after the BBC impressed us first.

Gripping, stylistically smart and layered with superlative character development, Never Have I Ever is Recommended by Whom You Know.  Also, it looks good in purple.


On July 30, William Morrow will publish NEVER HAVE I EVER by New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson, an unputdownable novel of psychological suspense in the vein of Big Little Lies or The Wife Between Us. 

You may know Joshilyn Jackson as the author of eight novels, including gods in Alabama and The Almost Sisters. NEVER HAVE I EVER is Joshilyn Jackson as you’ve never read her before and marks an exciting new direction for the author. In her first flat-out thriller, a dark and deliciously addictive tale of domestic suspense, Jackson displays her masterful talents for crafting unforgettable characters and surprising twists. 

In NEVER HAVE I EVER, a group of women play a harmless drinking game that escalates into a war of dark pasts. Jackson keeps readers on edge with the chilling premise – what if someone knew your worst secret and was ready to use it against you? 

Amy Whey is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it—teaching diving lessons, baking cookies for new neighbors, helping her best friend, Charlotte, run their local book club. Her greatest joy is her family: her devoted professor husband, her spirited fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, her adorable infant son. And, of course, the steadfast and supportive Charlotte. But Amy’s sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel when the mysterious and alluring Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book club night. 

Sultry and magnetic, Roux beguiles the group with her feral charm. She keeps the wine flowing and lures them into a game of spilling secrets. Everyone thinks it’s naughty, harmless fun. Only Amy knows better. Something wicked has come her way—a she-devil in a pricey red sports car who seems to know the terrible truth about who she is and what she once did. 

When they’re alone, Roux tells her that if she doesn’t give her what she asks for, what she deserves, she’s going to make Amy pay for her sins. One way or another. 

To protect herself and her family and save the life she’s built, Amy must beat the devil at her own clever game, matching wits with Roux in an escalating war of hidden pasts and unearthed secrets. Amy knows the consequences if she can’t beat Roux. What terrifies her is everything she could lose if she wins. 

A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation, and love filled with dark twists leavened by Joshilyn Jackson’s trademark humor, NEVER HAVE I EVER explores what happens when the transgressions of our past come back with a vengeance. 


William Morrow | Hardcover | ISBN: 9780062855312|$26.99 

E-Book ISBN: 9780062855336 | Audio ISBN: 9780062933546 (Read by the author) 


JOSHILYN JACKSON is the New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including gods in Alabama and The Almost Sisters. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. A former actor, Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children. Learn more at or follow Joshilyn on social media: 

Twitter: @JoshilynJackson

Facebook: @JoshilynJackson

Instagram: @Joshilyn_Jackson


Thursday, October 3, 2019

#FashionAlert #ParisPeachy #ParisCapitalofFashion @FIT Paris, Capital of Fashion Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner @hallakcleaners @hallakcouturecleaner

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Special Exhibitions Gallery
September 6, 2019 – January 4, 2020
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Paris is widely regarded as “the most glamorous and competitive of the world’s fashion capitals” (to quote The New Yorker). But how and why did Paris acquire this reputation? The history of Paris fashion is usually presented, simplistically, as a genealogy of genius, dominated by “the great designers,” “kings,” or “dictators of fashion.” Paris, Capital of Fashion is the first exhibition to explore the cultural construction of Paris as the capital of fashion.
Curated by Dr. Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT, it features approximately 100 objects, dating from the 18th century to the present. The exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly book, Paris, Capital of Fashion (Bloomsbury, 2019), edited by Steele, who is also the author of Paris Fashion: A Cultural History. In addition, there will be a free symposium on October 18, 2019.
Robe à la française, 1755-1760, France. The Museum at FIT, P82.27.1 
Christian Dior (John Galliano), dress, fall/winter 2000-2001 haute couture. Photograph © Guy Marineau.

Paris, Capital of Fashion opens with an introductory gallery that places Paris within a global context, presenting it in dialogue with other fashion capitals, especially New York. By presenting an original couture suit by Chanel together with a virtually identical licensed copy sold by Orbach’s department store, for example, the exhibition demonstrates how the idea of Paris fashion “works” across fashion cultures, appealing to elite American women and making money for American manufacturers and retailers..
Entering the main gallery, visitors are immersed in the mythic glamour of Paris fashion as the exhibition traces a trajectory from royal splendor at Versailles to the spectacle of haute couture today. An 18th-century robe à la française is juxtaposed with a haute couture creation for Christian Dior, which was inspired by Marie Antoinette. Clothing and accessories will be drawn from museums in Europe, Britain, and North America, as well as from couture archives and private collections.
The development of the haute couture transformed women’s fashion from an artisanal craft into big business and high art. In the late 19th century, Charles Frederick Worth praised his American clients, saying they had “the faces, the figures, and the francs.” Among his dresses on display is the famous “Electric Light Dress” worn by New York’s Mrs.Cornelius Vanderbilt II. After World War II, the haute couture entered a new golden age from 1947 to 1957 and, by the 1980s, the haute couture was recognized as part of the unique patrimony of France.
Gabrielle Chanel, evening cape, 1927, France. The Museum at FIT, 96.69.15 
Jacques Fath for Joseph Halpert, cocktail dress, 1952, USA. The Museum at FIT, 2013.19.1 
Christian Dior (Stephen Jones), top hat, fall 2000, France. The Museum at FIT, 2003.70.1
In today’s era of globalization, foreign designers often choose to show their collections in Paris, home to luxury conglomerates such as LVMH and Kering. In a world with many fashion cities, Paris defends its title of world capital of fashion by producing and maintaining the aura of Paris fashion.
(L) Suit by Gabrielle Chanel, 1966, France.
(R) Licensed copy of a Chanel day suit, c. 1967, USA.

On Wednesday, September 4, 2019, the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT honored iconic footwear designer Christian Louboutin with its 2019 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion at a luncheon at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. After the luncheon, Mr. Louboutin joined Dr. Valerie Steele for an intimate conversation on his career. Listen to the audio below. View Transcript.


#CulturedPeachy #WashingtonDCPeachy @Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces Artists To Be Featured in 2020 Renwick Invitational

The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced that artists Lauren Fensterstock, Timothy Horn, Debora Moore and Rowland Ricketts will be featured in the biennial craft invitational at its Renwick Gallery in 2020. All four artists look to nature for inspiration to help explain what it means to be human in a world that is increasingly chaotic and divorced from the physical landscape. Working in a wide range of materials—including fiber, metal and glass—these artists bring new and unique approaches to the long history of art’s engagement with the natural world.

“Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020” is the ninth installment of the Renwick Invitational. Established in 2000, this biennial showcase highlights mid-career and emerging makers who are deserving of wider national recognition. The exhibition is organized by Emily Zilber, independent curator and former curator of contemporary decorative arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It will be on view at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum from July 17, 2020, through Feb. 7, 2021.

The four artists were selected by a panel of distinguished jurors, each with a wide knowledge of contemporary American makers. The panel included Zilber; Nora Atkinson, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge for the Renwick Gallery; and Stefano Catalani, executive director of the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. 

Fensterstock (b. 1975, resides Portland, Maine) creates detailed, large-scale installation artworks using labor-intensive modes of making drawn from the decorative arts, including paper quilling and mosaic. For this exhibition, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has commissioned a site-specific work—the first in a new series for the artist inspired by sources like “The Book of Miracles,” a richly illustrated 16th-century German manuscript—that will transform a gallery at the Renwick into a celestial landscape that captures the power and awe inherent in natural phenomena.

Horn (b. 1961, resides Provincetown, Massachusetts) creates exaggerated adornments that combine the natural and the constructed worlds, drawing inspiration from objects as varied as 17th-century jewelry patterns and 19th-century studies of lichen, coral and seaweed. He works with traditional materials, such as bronze and glass, as well as surprising ones, such as crystalized rock sugar, which refers to the famous Amber Room of Russian Empress Catherine the Great.

Moore (b. 1960, resides Seattle) is best known for her exquisitely detailed glass renderings of orchids, orchid trees and bamboo shoots. This exhibition presents her tour de force “Arboria” (2018), which focuses on four life-size flowering trees. Moore’s work presents a new chapter in the long history of representing plants in glass, ranging from ancient renderings to more recent botanical models. Moore is interested less in realism and more in capturing an intensely personal experience of beauty and wonder.

Ricketts (b. 1971, resides Bloomington, Indiana) creates immersive installations using hand-woven and hand-dyed cloth. His holistic artistic practice begins on his farm, where he cultivates the indigo plants he uses to color his artwork, fully linking process with product. Ricketts often incorporates participatory engagement from non-artists into his practice, emphasizing the relationship between nature, culture, the passage of time and everyday life.

An accompanying catalog will feature essays by Atkinson, Catalani and Zilber.

The Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation Endowment provides support for the Renwick Invitational. The Cohen Family’s generosity in creating this endowment makes possible this biennial series highlighting outstanding craft artists who are deserving of wider national recognition. Additional support has been provided by the Carolyn Small Alper Exhibitions Fund, Cary J. Frieze, Klorfine Foundation and Eleanor T. Rosenfeld.

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The museum’s main building is located at Eighth and F streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station. Museum hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25). Its Renwick Gallery, a branch museum dedicated to contemporary craft and decorative arts, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. The Renwick is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free. Follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Website:


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

#WhomYouKnowTopTen by @ManhattanPeachy #PeachyDeegan #October2019

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#BigAppleBusiness @Nasdaq #CBE #Nasdaq to Acquire the Center for Board Excellence

Nasdaq, Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) announced today its acquisition of the Center for Board Excellence (CBE), a privately-held provider of corporate governance and compliance solutions for boards of directors, CEOs, corporate secretaries, and general counsels. Nasdaq plans to combine CBE with its Nasdaq Governance Solutions business, which operates award-winning1 board portal and collaboration technology solutions. The combination establishes a leading provider of technology, research and insights, and consultative services designed to advance governance excellence and collaboration at public, private, and nonprofit organizations worldwide.

“CBE will allow Nasdaq to expand our reach within the boardroom, where we serve as a strategic governance partner to the thousands of directors, leadership teams, and governance professionals who rely on Nasdaq’s technology and insights to elevate their governance,” said Michael Bartels, President, Nasdaq Governance Solutions. “With CBE, our enhanced offering will help streamline collaboration and the assessment process at public, private, and nonprofit companies that seek corporate governance excellence.”

Founded in 2010, CBE’s portfolio of solutions include: board and committee assessments; director peer assessments; CEO and management evaluations; and directors’ & officers’ questionnaires, and other compliance questionnaires. Since 2017, Nasdaq Governance Solutions has partnered with CBE to solve a wide range of corporate governance needs in the public, private, and not-for-profit business environments.

“A commitment to corporate governance and board excellence is a vision CBE shares with Nasdaq and our clients,” said Byron Loflin, Founder and CEO of CBE. “CBE is delighted to join the Nasdaq team in our united mission to deliver the best and most innovative governance solutions available to board leaders today.”

CBE will remain focused on delivering board excellence products through its EnGaugeTM platform that includes the premier board performance and CEO evaluation process, and the standard in digital director and officer questionnaires and disclosure solutions.

Nasdaq Governance Solutions helps public, private, and non-profit organizations reimagine how to manage corporate governance practices. Our board portal technologies, Nasdaq Boardvantage® and Directors Desk, are designed with an intuitive interface and robust security features to streamline meeting processes, accelerate decision-making and meet the critical needs of boards, committees, and leadership teams. In addition, today’s governance leaders have access to the Nasdaq Center for Corporate Governance, a global information and research hub to accelerate the understanding of emerging corporate governance and sustainable business trends. Working together, the Governance Center and CBE will provide global macro and micro corporate governance insights and innovation.

About Nasdaq

Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a leading global provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today's global capital markets. As the creator of the world's first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 100 marketplaces in 50 countries. Nasdaq is home to over 4,000 total listings with a market value of approximately $14 trillion. To learn more, visit

About the Center for Board Excellence

Founded in 2010, the Center for Board Excellence is the corporate governance leader producing board assessments and related governance and compliance services globally. CBE's team of developers, governance experts, and attorneys innovate to streamline laborious, costly and previously paper-based processes through its proprietary EnGaugeTM cloud-based platform. CBE's solutions create efficiencies that save directors, officers, attorneys, and governance professionals substantial time, effort, and money, drive strategy, and improve the total quality of compliance and governance. For more information, please visit the company's website at:

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements with respect to the acquisition by Nasdaq of CBE and the benefits of the transaction, and statements about Nasdaq and its products and offerings. We caution that these statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or other factors beyond Nasdaq's control. These factors include, but are not limited to factors detailed in Nasdaq's annual report on Form 10-K, and periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements.

1 Nasdaq Boardvantage is recognized as a 2019 American Business Awards Bronze Stevie Winner for Sales & Customer Service; 2018 American Business Awards Gold Stevie Award Winner for Best New Product of the Year, Bronze Stevie Award Winner for Software Customer Service Department of the Year, and Bronze Stevie Award Winner for Front-Line Customer Service Team of the Year; 2018 RiskTech 100 Category Winner for Operational Risk & GRC; and 2018 6th Annual Best in Biz Awards International Winner.


#CulturedPeachy #LondonPeachy @NationalGallery #CASTLES : PAINTINGS FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON

Castles: Paintings from the National Gallery, London
28 January 2020 - 7 March 2021

n 2017 Bellotto’s The Fortress of Königstein from the North – one of the most original and impressive examples of 18th-century landscape painting – was saved for the nation. 

To celebrate its acquisition, and reflect the National Gallery’s commitment to ensuring its collection is shared and enjoyed throughout the UK, this picture, accompanied by five other National Gallery paintings featuring castles and fortresses, will be shown in exhibitions and displays in venues around the UK in 2020 and early 2021.

Bringing together both real and imagined castles, this tour – supported by Art Fund – to National Museum Cardiff, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and Norwich Castle Museum will explore the creative possibilities that castles have presented to artists over the last 500 years.

Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, says: “The National Gallery was created for the benefit of the British public, but we must recognise that a number of visitors may find it difficult to make the journey to London. We hope that the Castles: Paintings from the National Gallery, London tour of these great masterpieces will reach people who have never visited their national collection or haven’t done so for a long time, and we hope that many of those whom we do reach will then feel inspired to visit or revisit the collection. We look forward to seeing the different ways in which these paintings will be displayed in each setting.”

Paintings of castles play a significant role in the National Gallery’s collection. Some – like Albert Cuyp’s sunlit depiction of the crumbling Ubbergen Castle or Jan van Beerstraaten’s snowy Castle of Muiden in Winter – chronicle real buildings, capturing their physical state of preservation as well as a particular mood. Other castles are imaginary, providing the backdrop for stories from Ancient Rome, as with Claude’s Enchanted Castle, or Christian legend, as with Gustave Moreau’s Saint George and the Dragon. Still more use castle architecture as a metaphor: in Gerard David’s Adoration of the Kings, the crumbling castle ruins symbolise the decline of the old pagan order with the rise of Christianity. 

Castles: Paintings from the National Gallery, London, will enable audiences beyond London to access these paintings in their own locality, and in close proximity to a local castle: Cardiff Castle, Sunderland’s Hylton Castle, and Norwich Castle.

Stephen Deuchar, Director of Art Fund, says: “We were proud to have been amongst those who made possible the purchase of this powerful and important picture, and we admire the National Gallery’s ingenuity and determination in making it so widely available to the UK public through the 2020-21 tour.”

National Museum Cardiff
Imagine a Castle: Paintings from the National Gallery, London
28 January – 10 May 2020

The first stop on the tour will be the National Museum in Cardiff. The Fortress of Königstein Castle from the North (1756–8) painted by the Venetian master, Bernardo Bellotto, along with a selection of European Old Master paintings will all be shown in Wales for the first time.

Wales is often called the ‘land of castles’ and with over six hundred of them, they hold an important symbolic role in the nation’s history and contested identity. Many renowned artists have used the motif of the castle as a way to represent Wales’ wild, majestic, and romantic landscapes. In this way, Imagine a Castle will complement and highlight the rich and diverse representations of castles in the collections of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. These works, from two national collections, will encourage the formation of new and imaginative perspectives. 

As part of the interpretation of the exhibition schoolchildren will be invited to explore what castles mean to them and to respond imaginatively to Bellotto’s painting. These responses will be in the form of ‘gifs’ that they will create with the artist and which will be shown on a screen in the exhibition.

David Anderson, Director General, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, says: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the National Gallery in celebrating the acquisition of one of the most significant European view paintings. Wales is often called the land of castles so it is fitting that we display this fine acquisition here for the first time in Wales. Together with other paintings from the National Gallery it will complement Amgueddfa Cymru’s displays of European Old Masters as well as the museum’s collection of pictures of Welsh castles. The exhibition, along with a varied programme of public events, will allow us to draw on the sense of identity and history that many communities in Wales associate with their local castles.”

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens 
Castles: Paintings from the National Gallery, London
25 July – 15 November 2020

The next stop on the tour is Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. 

The Castles: Paintings from the National Gallery, London tour will allow Sunderland Museum to highlight one of its most important works including a large oil painting by Sunderland-born artist Clarkson Stanfield (1793–1867), The Castle of Ischia from the Mole, 1839–41. Stanfield was one of the most popular marine painters of his day and friend of Turner. An oil painting of Hylton Castle painted around 1830 by an unknown artist will also be shown. 

Sunderland’s 14th-century Hylton Castle will open to the public in 2020 having undergone a £4.4 million makeover. The Castle will be transformed from an empty shell into a building that benefits the local community and visitors from outside the city.

Other topographical images from the watercolour and prints collection will form part of the exhibition, some of this work being rarely seen by visitors.

Jo Cunningham, Exhibitions, Collections and Archives Manager at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, says: “We are thrilled to host the Castles: Paintings from the National Gallery, London tour next year and look forward to seeing Bellotto’s The Fortress of Königstein from the North here in Sunderland for our audiences to experience. It will also be a fantastic opportunity to highlight some of the most important works from our own collection including a large oil painting by Sunderland-born artist Clarkson Stanfield, The Castle of Ischia from the Mole.” 

Norwich Castle Museum
Castles: Reality, History and Myth, Paintings from the National Gallery, London
28 November 2020 – 7 March 2021

The final venue is Norwich Castle Museum. This leg of the tour will focus on a group of related themes: Power, defence, sanctuary, imagination and ruin, expressed in images of castles both real and imagined, historical and contemporary. The six paintings from the National Gallery will be displayed along with watercolours by John Sell Cotman from Norwich Castle’s collection, and also by other loans. The exhibition will have a global approach and will feature artworks from beyond Europe reflecting the same evocative themes that feature in images of castles worldwide. 

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Norfolk County Council, says: “We are very excited by the opportunity to be one of the three venues to host the touring exhibition Castles: Reality, History and Myth, Paintings from the National Gallery, London, which is due to come to us next November. It could not be a more appropriate exhibition for Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, especially at a time when the nationally important redevelopment of our historic Norman Castle Keep is in progress. We are very much looking forward to this unique exhibition.”

Bernardo Bellotto, The Fortress of Königstein from the North, about 1756-8 © The National Gallery, London
Oil on canvas, 132.1 × 236.2 cm 
Bought with the support of the American Friends of the National Gallery, The National Gallery Trust, the Estate of Mrs Madeline Swallow, the Art Fund (with a contribution from The Wolfson Foundation), Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, The Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation, The Manny and Brigitta Davidson Charitable Foundation, The Sackler Trust and through private appeal, 2017

The National Gallery
The National Gallery is one of the greatest art galleries in the world. Founded by Parliament in 1824, the Gallery houses the nation’s collection of Western European paintings from the late 13th to the early 20th century. The collection includes works by Bellini, Cézanne, Degas, Leonardo da Vinci, Monet, Raphael, Rembrandt, Renoir, Rubens, Titian, Turner, Van Dyck, Van Gogh and Velázquez. The Gallery’s key objectives are to enhance the collection, care for the collection and provide the best possible access to visitors. More at

Art Fund
Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. In the past five years alone Art Fund has given £34 million to help museums and galleries acquire works of art for their collections. It also helps museums share their collections with wider audiences by supporting a range of tours and exhibitions, and makes additional grants to support the training and professional development of curators. Art Fund is independently funded, with the core of its income provided by 151,000 members who receive the National Art Pass and enjoy free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic places across the UK, as well as 50% off entry to major exhibitions and subscription to Art Quarterly magazine. In addition to grant-giving, Art Fund’s support for museums includes Art Fund Museum of the Year (won by St Fagans National History Museum near Cardiff in 2019) and a range of digital platforms.

Find out more about Art Fund and the National Art Pass at

National Museum Cardiff
Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales is a family of seven museums and a collections centre, which are all free to enter thanks to the support of the Welsh Government. Together, it is home to the nation’s art, history, heritage and science collections, which will continue to grow so that they can be used and enjoyed by both present and future generations. More at

One of its museums, St Fagans National Museum of History which explores the history and culture of Wales, won the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019. 

As a registered charity, Amgueddfa Cymru is grateful for all support. The events and exhibitions programme is supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. 

Sunderland Culture 
Sunderland Culture was set up in 2016 to bring together the cultural programmes of Sunderland City Council, University of Sunderland and Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust into a single, independent, resilient delivery model and realise the ambition of a city brimming with creative potential. Sunderland Culture works in National Glass Centre and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Arts Centre Washington, The Fire Station and delivers programmes of cultural engagement and events across the whole city. It works across the city to ensure the power of great art, culture and creativity is harnessed for the benefit of Sunderland, its residents and visitors. Sunderland Culture’s mission is to improve life for everyone in Sunderland through culture.

In spring 2017 Sunderland Culture was successful in its bid to be one of 16 pilot areas for the Great Place scheme, jointly funded over three years by Arts Council England (ACE) and Heritage Lottery Fund(HLF) with funding made possible by National Lottery players, to put arts, culture and heritage at the heart of communities. On April 1, 2018, Sunderland Culture joined Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. More at

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery is part of Norfolk Museums Service, a multi-award-winning service comprising ten museums and a study centre. NMS is now regarded as one of the leaders in the museum sector and in 2017 was successful in its bid for continuing major investment from Arts Council England. From April 2018, NMS has been a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England, one of only 45 out of 845 heritage and arts organisations in England to be awarded the highest level of support. Norfolk Museums Service is a partnership between Norfolk County Council and Norfolk's district councils, funded through council tax, earned income and grants. More at


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