27 February 2008
this isn’t a very fleshed out blog entry. more like- floralled out. but i think Chloe Sevigny and Oscar Wilde make a perfect pair. both artist demi-mondaines, a part of the underground and the “upper-class”, individuals and enfants terribles. i love how they both have a reverence for what looks like conservative values and aesthetics but really cater to their opposite. both have made and are making the world a prettier, smarter, frivolous and more honest place. i wish i could do better with my description but i have to sew!
i want to share this with you- “A lecture delivered in America during Wilde’s tour in 1882. It was announced as a lecture on ‘The Practical Application of the Principles of the Aesthetic Theory to Exterior and Interior House Decoration, With Observations upon Dress and Personal Ornaments.‘ The earliest date on which it is known to have been given is May 11, 1882.”
and this wonderful book The House Beautiful: Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetic Interior by Charlotte Gere. Here is an outtake from a review by Grady Harp.
“Charlotte Gere has researched the Aesthetic Movement in England at the turn of the century and attributes the style and popularity of the ‘new look’ in home decor to Wilde and his entourage. From paintings to furniture to wallpaper to fabric to book design – all the art nouveau trends were at times created by Wilde and at other times merely popularized by him on his numerous tours. The book is resplendent in illustrations of paintings, homes, photographs, and a lot of just fine biographical data about Oscar Wilde. A thoroughly informative and entertaining slant on The Importance of Being Oscar!”
and Chloe Sevigny’s contributions? well her apartment was featured in the January 2007 issue of House & Garden. sadly this magazine is no more. here is a bedroom and the entry way in her New York apt. not what i expected and so perfect. i love it.