L’Orient des femmes vu by Christian Lacroix 8 Feb – 15 May Musee du quai Branly photos by David Herman


Mr. Christian Lacroix and Mr. Frederic Mitterrand opening the exhibition

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Tonight was the opening of the exhibition Women of the Orient and I went with Patrick Bensard, director of the Cinematheque de la Danse in Paris a, Lola and David Herman. There was a long cue when we arrived but like out of  a Cocteau film, Orphee, Heurtebise arrived and asked me to follow him and we all were given the privilege of bypassing everyone and being taken directly to the exhibition. It was the perfect moment as  Christian Lacroix,  the artistic director of the exhibitionk,  and Federic Mitterrand arrived.  Hana Chidiac is the commissaire of the exposition. 175 costumes and accessories are on display. The exhibition starts in Liban then continues through Syria, Jordan, Palestine and the bedouines. The exhibition celebrates  embroidery and other  techniques that have been handed down from one generation to another. Aside from the  great wall hangings,  films are  being screened. 


Patrick Bensard, director of the Cinematheque de la Danse in Paris and Lola Chalou


All David Herman's photos are taken with my SAMSUNG NX10



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.