September 30, 2011

Saving the Best For Last

The favorite part of my day at Versailles, was the walk through Petit Trianon.  Designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel, the King's first architect and decorated by Honore Guibert, the miniature palace was built between 1762 and 1768 as a place for the private use of Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour.  

Detail image of the boxed Orange Tree
Interior Chapel
Billard Room 
Detail of the portrait of Marie Antoinette
China Room the cabechon flooring with marble baseboard.  The wash of blue-grey on the walls was fantastic!
Detail of balcony ironwork and robin's egg blue used throughout the ground floor
Detail of the wall paneling on the second floor and the pale celadon wall color
Marie Antoinette
Detail of the crown molding

In 1774, Louix XVI gave it as a gift to Marie-Antoinette and it quickly became her favorite place to stay and one of the unique aspects she added to this area was an English style park which included a hamlet and working farm...


Au revoir Versailles!

September 29, 2011

Versailles and Haute Couture Walk Hand in Hand

While visiting Versailles, and in particular, the Grand Trianon, I was able to walk through a lovely exhibit where modern day haute couture designers created pieces inspired by 18th Century fashion.  The garments were then displayed with the historic couturier counterparts.

Below is an excerpt from the exhibition...

"The 18th Century with its' floating dresses, its' voluminous skirts, flounces and furbelows, its silhouettes of minor marquis in three piece suits and its' immense hairstyles have never ceased to inspire the world of haute couture.  The Enlightenment, the age of French europe according to the famous saying, continues to fascinate.  The political and cultural prestige of France was at its' highest, when wit, lightness and elegance metamorphosed into a veritable art of fine living.  Since 1800, the fashion world has continued to refer back to the 18th Century for both women's and men's clothing as well as for its' textiles and accessories.

Like mirrors reflecting each other, the garments exhibited, from haute couture to ready to wear, propose a modern reading of that extravagant century.  Each designer adapts the period to his/her sensibility.  Some quote the 18th Century shapes almost literally, while others deconstruct them, expand their dimensions and interpret them in a riot of shimmering silks, embroidery and lace.  The dresses of the queens and princesses of the enlightenment dialogue down the years with these masterpieces of luxury and creativity".

- Dialogue as presented by the Grand Trianon and the Musee Galliera.

Below are a few of my favorite installations...
Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere
Pierre Balmain

September 28, 2011

It's All in the Details

On my first day of Paris, I fulfilled a long intended dream of mine and went to Chateau Versailles for the day.

It was everything I could imagine and then some!  The decadence, the ornamentation, the artwork, the landscaped gardens ...simply a delight.

The best view of Versailles, both inside and out, will surely come from the chateaus' website ...the bumper to bumper crowds of tourists made it next to impossible to get any meaningful photographic images of rooms as a whole.  Therefore, with my love of ornamentation and intimate architectural detail work, I bring you a few details of Versailles....

September 27, 2011

Now That We've Knocked on the Door, Let's Open It!

Just a little follow up to yesterday's post on door knockers and thought I'd share a few of my favorite pieces of door hardware....Enjoy!

Baronne Knob from Murano House
W.C. Vaughan Knob from ER Butler

HT 4050 from H. Theophile
Leaf and Dart Knob from Collier Webb London
Malachite Knob from Sherle Wagner