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Give your holiday date a weekend of la dolce vita at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The museum is extending the weekend hours of its popular show "Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945." The exhibit will remain open until 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 26 and Saturday, Dec. 27 and again the following weekend, Friday, Jan. 2 and Sat. Jan. 3. The show closes Sunday, Jan. 4.
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In the aftermath of W.W.II, with its cities in ruins and industries struggling, Italy turned to fashion and design to help revive its economy. Exhibitions of sleek, efficient and stylish modern Italian housewares toured the United States, offering Americans a glimpse of Eurostyle that helped bring good design to the masses. Fashion, too, was enlisted in the revitalization program with designers in Florence, Rome and Milan turning out glorious evening wear and chic sports ensembles that brought casual glamor to Middle America.
Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, "Italian Style" features about 100 ensembles from the V&A collection. Spanning more than 70 years, it includes gowns worn on screen by film stars (Audrey Hepburn, et al) plus pieces from such prominent fashion houses as Valentino, Armani, Gucci, Fendi, Pucci, Prada, Missoni, Dolce and Gabbana and trend setters young and old. The show will travel to the Portland Art Museum in Portland, OR and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, following its Minneapolis presentation.
Star Tribune file photos of Mildred "Mickey" Friedman
Mildred "Mickey" Friedman, the influential Walker Art Center design curator who died in September at 85, was remembered this week in New York City for her samba, her style, her curiosity, and her quiet grace. About 100 A-list artists (Chuck Close, Claes Oldenburg, Christo, Judith Shea), architects (Hugh Hardy, Billie Tsien, Frank Gehry), museum directors (Sam Sachs, Frick emeritus; Adam Weinberg, Whitney; Olga Viso, Walker) and past and present Walker friends gathered at the Century Association on a rainy Monday evening.
Former Walker curator Dean Swanson recalled dancing the samba with her on a "glamorous dance floor in Rio" in 1963 when they were helping Friedman's husband Martin, then the Walker's director, prepare a show of American art that took grand prize at that year's Sao Paulo biennial. With a nod to the Friedmans' long marriage (she died on their 65th birthday), Tsien compared "smart, tough, rational" Mickey to the character Rosalind Russell played opposite mischievous, fast-talking Cary Grant (Martin) in the classic 1940 film "His Girl Friday."
Recalling the "quiet grace and gentle beauty of a loving friend," Gehry took a jib at a Manhattan institution when he credited her with always "searching for uncharted water, unlike MOMA." Lise Friedman, eldest of the couple's three daughters, observed that one of their mom's "most important lessons was always to make an extra place at the table when someone unexpectedly comes."
After Hardy led toasts to the Friedmans, the crowd munched hors d'oeuvres, including a high-style version of that old Midwestern standard, "pigs-in-a-blanket" (puff pastry, no cheese, Dijon mustard).
Jack Edwards, who ran the costume shop at the Guthrie Theater in the 1970s and '80s, died Saturday at Walker Methodist Health Center in Minneapolis.
Born in 1934 in Pennsylvania, Edwards was a graduate of Ithaca College, Edwards worked in theater in New York and for television in Hollywood before finding his way to the Twin Cities.
Edwards worked as costume director at the Guthrie from 1971 to 1989, running a busy costume shop at one of the country's largest regional theaters and working with almost all of the theater's artistic directors. He designed shows there ranging from "A Christmas Carol" and "The Misanthrope" to "Private Lives" and "Great Expectations."
After leaving the Guthrie, Edwards worked for 12 years designing costumes for the elaborate themed holiday shows at the Dayton's/Marshall Fields 8th floor auditorium. He also worked on the annual flower shows at the downtown department store.Edwards designed costumes for Prince and Lorie Line, and designed the first five Holidazzle parades in Minneapolis.
He was profiled last year in the Star Tribune on the occasion of an exhibition of some of his life's work at the Goldstein Museum in St. Paul. A more complete obituary is forthcoming in the Star Tribune.
Looking for a new pair of Red Wings? Selvedge denim? Or a leather wallet made right here in the Twin Cities? All of your heritage-brand needs will be on display at SnowGRADE this Saturday. The men's "pop-up market" returns to the stunning Architectural Antiques space after a successful event (NorthernGRADE) last September. That shopping extravaganza drew hundreds of bearded dudes (OK, some guys were clean-shaven), all looking for the best American-made products money can buy. SnowGrade will bring more than 30 vendors to the Northeast warehouse space. One of my favorite parts: You can meet the product makers themselves. Jean makers like Ruell and Ray. Leather designers like Leatherworks (I bought a wallet from them last time). And even ax makers (no kidding: Best Made Co.). Plenty of Twin Cities shops will be selling their wares as well, including BlackBlue, martinpatrick3 and Askov Finlayson.
Check out this video from last September:
New this time: A variety of workshops. Here's the schedule:
Details: Noon-8 p.m. Saturday. Architectural Antiques, 1330 NE. Quincy St., Mpls. Learn more about SnowGRADE here: snowgrade.tumblr.com
A Minneapolis company is going to the Oscars.
Intelligent Nutrients, which sells organic health and beauty products, will be part of 30 gift baskets handed out to celebrities staying at the Four Seasons Hotel over Academy Awards weekend. (The hotel and Academy won't give specific names for security reasons).
The idea came courtesy of former KARE reporter Asha Blake who now works for Golden Heart Media in Los Angeles.
Blake thought of Nutrients because those putting together the baskets are favoring "green" products
Nutrients may make some nominees look extra special Ocar night, although we don't think they'll do much to help Nick Nolte. Noone expects the company to work miracles.
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