The Great World of Andy Warhol opens tomorrow at the Grand Palais, Paris

Dear Shaded Viewers,

A short film in the exhibition of Andy in drag.

Today I attended the press preview of the first major show of portraits by Andy Warhol . The exhibition is open to the public starting tomorrow and continues until 13 July.

There are 250 works of art arranged by themes including portraits from Marilyn MOnroe to Chairman Mao, as well as business leaders, royals starting from the beginning of the 60’s.Warhol has been credited for reinventing the portrait. Before he died he was said to have produced nearly a portrait a week, all commissioned and at a price of about 25,000 a piece. While you are there slip on the headphones and watch a few of the short films. Alain Cueff is the curator of the exhibition.

My first address in NYC was 873 Broadway which was across the street from Andy Warhol’s factory. Although I went there a few times I cannot say that I was a regular. We were however often at the same place at the same time. Benjamin Liu, his right hand and the author of one of the Andy Warhol books, was a friend. Holly Woodlawn ordered the first dress I ever designed, I was not that sure how I felt about it but I liked her. Ultra Violet was more into borrowing clothes than buying them. One night I found myself sitting in the back of a long black car next to Andy but that is about as close as we ever got.

“I’m sure I’m going to look in the mirror and see nothing. People are always calling me a mirror and if a mirror looks into a mirror, what is there to see?” Andy Warhol

Warhol – excerpt from TRASH, not included in the Le Grand Monde d’Andy Warhol but the exhibition made me think of HOlly Woodlawn so thought I’d include this in my post.

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
3 ave. du General Eisenhower
75008 Paris



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.