Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Grey Gardens - the documentary

Oh yes one of my favourite topics...

Grey Gardens is a 1975 documentary film by Albert and David Maysles. The film depicts the everyday lives of Edith "Big Edie" Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale who were the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. The two women lived together at Grey Gardens for decades with limited funds, resulting in squalor and almost total isolation.  Albert and David Maysles the two young filmmakers became interested in their story and received permission to film a documentary about the women, which was released in 1976 to wide critical acclaim. Their direct cinema technique left the women to tell their own stories. The film was screened at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, but was not entered into the main competition which is a shame but then they probably would have won!

The most beautiful thing about this story for me is that not only did these two women really love and understand each other they survived and found reasons to smile despite living in such destitute squalor.  

Grey Gardens original trailer

Little Edie

Grey Gardens - the house

Now here's a little history about the house...

The house was designed by Joseph Grenleaf Thorpe in 1897, and purchased in 1923 by Phelan Beale and Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale. After Phelan left his wife, Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale lived there for decades more, over 50 years in total for each woman. The house was called Grey Gardens because of the color of the dunes, the cement garden walls, and the sea mist.
In the fall of 1971 and throughout 1972, their living conditions—their house was infested by fleas, inhabited by numerous cats and raccoons, deprived of running water, and filled with garbage and decay—were exposed as the result of an article in the National Enquirer and a cover story in New York Magazine after a series of inspections (which the Beales called "raids") by the Suffolk County Health Department. With the Beale women facing eviction and the razing of their home, in the summer of 1972 Jacqueline Onassis and her sister Lee Radziwill provided the necessary funds to stabilize and repair the dilapidated house so that it would meet Village codes.

Grey Gardens Before And After And After

Monday, May 24, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Just found these photos I took a few weeks ago from a cool exhibition about womens clothing through time and different cultures...

I absolutely love the neckline on this 1940's dress and check out the funky fabric...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

refresh your umbrella

Festival of World Cultures have asked me to facilitate a workshop with l'il ladies called "Redress your umbrella" in August.  The idea is to customize umbrellas with materials collected like fringes, pieces of fabrics, laces, ribbons etc...

So here's one of the images I submitted I dunno if they used this one but it is my favourite...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Alexander McQueen 

(17 March 1969 – 11 February 2010

Of course I cannot mention Blow without McQueen a true inspiration, words cannot describe the effect his creations had on me the day I heard he passed I can honestly say my smile had fallen.    


(19 November 1958 – 7 May 2007) 

Blow was an English magazine editor and international style icon. She discovered Sophie Dahl sobbing in a doorway; she bought Alexander McQueen's entire degree show, and had Philip Treacy design her wedding hat when she married Detmar Blow in 1988 - as well being credited with discovering Hussein Chalayan and Stella Tennant.  I have so many favourite images of Blow wearing the most inspiring creations here are just a few of them...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Ones Who Kill Shooting Stars by Conall Quinn

Opening night tonight of The Ones Who Kill Shooting Stars by Conall Quinn quite excited costumes are looking good if I do say so myself and I do, here's some images...

The Paper Kites - Too Late