Marble and Armor


The wider world that perceives fashion as a frivolity that should be done away with in the face of social upheavals and problems that are enormous, the point is in fact that fashion –it’s the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.

- Bill Cunningham

Rekindling my faith in that the fabric of New York old souls is indeed not yet fraying

and in human kind all together: the documentary on Bill Cunningham,

Bill Cunningham New York.

What a marvelous - or as he would say a mahvelous, mahvelous - man.

It's the perfect rainy day movie, as is a Museum Crawl.

First, DeKooning at the MOMA (which is incredible!) followed by the Met.

The Met will forever fascinate me to years on end. 

Since I moved here, it's been one of my favorite places to go to.

Especially when I was a college student because of the free will admission-

you pay only what you want to donate. It's the best for doing drawing studies,

especially in the huge glass-enclosed Sculpture garden (Charles Engelhard Court). 

I like to go there to practice drawing from the marble statues.

On the way to the sculpture garden you pass through Egyptian wing and

can exit through the Arms & Armor wing.

The Egyptian jewelry is just stunning

as is the tiniest detail of adornment on the Medieval pieces.

A testament to the basic human need of self decoration,

so fitting that I'd brushed by these things before watching the documentary,

I love what Bill Cunningham says about fashion.

{1. Sketches by me 2. Photos by me, taken at the Met}

ArtBernadette Marie