Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Pictures from Japan

We visited the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology in Nagoya. Toyota started out making spinning and weaving machinery before they made cars. I have lots more photos of the spinning and weaving. This photo shows one of the more modern looms.

Some early woven cloth for yukata (a cotton robe as opposed to the silk kimono)

The Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima (near Hiroshima)

Statue outside the Nagoya station

More to come...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Far from home

I'm in Japan!

And it's true that the young women there wear some interesting clothes.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

This emperor has GREAT clothes

Valentino the Last Emperor is a film that came out last spring. It had limited showing in selected cities and alas, I missed seeing it. But on Sept 8 it comes out on DVD and Blu-ray (gotta get one of those players)! The movie is a behind-the-scenes look at the world of Haute Couture. Valentino Garavani is of course the star, but the film also goes into his relationship with his long time business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, and follows the last two years of their 50-year career.

Oooh and there's a contest to win an actual Valentino gown. It's red and it's fabulous.