Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dancing widows, intergalactic nuns and dirty birds

Now expert commuters of the Paris metro, we had no problem making our connections to the Docks de Paris to see an exhibition sponsored by the Musée Galliera that included the inspiring designs of Cristobal Balenciaga and Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons). The Balenciaga consisted mostly of evening gowns, capes, and bolero type ballet costumes featuring a black lace that was so intricate that it could have made a black widow spider cry.




Bridal headpiece ala Gidget, the flying nun.



On the extreme other end of the spectrum were the all white bridal designs of Rei Kawakubo that would be very practical to wear if you were preparing yourself to marry a bull fighter on Mars. The girls were delighted.




We then found ourselves a bench encircled by the Jardin des Plantes where the girls sketched in their notebooks in the shade and I concentrated on staying awake until dinner.


It is my fault we did not eat at the Moroccan restaurant near the Mosque, but the little diseased sparrows that kept descending on the tables to steal crumbs stole my appetite. We have enough on our plates without some strange bird flu. So we returned to the Ethiopian place for a one last right-handed stuffing of our faces. 


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