Our wonderful Australian, Cate Blanchett, won a Golden Globe for her fantastic work in Blue Jasmine...
looking every inch the Queen of Hollywood in her beautiful and unusual Armani gown... Congratulations, Cate!
I though Lupito Nyong'o looked fantastic in her red cape/gown..
Sandra Bullock is already being named as a candidate for wearing the Worst Dress -
but I kind of like it - interesting construction, love the pink lining on the lower skirt, and isn't that pretty bodice Radiant Orchid, which is the Pantene Colour of the Year for 2014?
While we are in Hollywood, I thought I would show you a bit of the Summer Exhibition at the Qld. Art Gallery: California Design
|Stahl House, Hollywood Hills, 1959-60 - Julius Shulman, photographer|
After the Great Depression and World War II, California provided an ideal environment for Modernism to flourish in a particular way: California Design developed out of a preference for living in a modern way.
Many European Emigre designers from Germany and Austria, fleeing Nazi persecution, fled to the USA and California, bringing progressive design training.
|Paul Laszlo - Biomorphic textile, and steel frame chair|
The American design team, Charles and Ray Eames, are well-represented in the Exhibition - their classic chairs are popular to this day:
During the war, the Eames' experimented with moulded plywood, eventually developing a splint for wounded soldiers, more lightweight and effective than metal, and received a contract to supply the US Navy.
After the war, looking for other design uses for their moulded ply, they made only two of this prototype for a toy elephant. It did not go into production because of a perceived lack of consumer interest.
But it is wonderfully charming, and brings a smile to every viewer's face...
The 1950s, the time of the Atomic Age, and the Cold War..
These shapes are modular sculpture, to be used inside or out, as room dividers, fountains, or just flexible sculpture.
Strange attempts were made to domesticate and make the Atom bomb more consumer friendly..
A board game which captures the optimism and the dread of the era, and where the ultimate fear is nuclear annihilation.
Remember Sputnik, the first satellite?
In 1959, Mattel introduced Barbie, and in 1961, Ken..
The original Dream House for the world's most popular doll.
It is made of cardboard, except for that blue outfit in the wardrobe.
It appears to be a little swimsuit with overskirt...
Introducing the Playsuit, California's contribution to fashion...
This is a swimsuit with matching skirt, to move on for cocktails..
Jungle print sportswear
or perhaps for your caravan holiday in the California sunshine:
an original Air Stream trailer from the 1930s.
And what else is California known for?
Don't forget your Vitamin C today...
Have a great week