i really hate to take the piss out of another person's hard work, but that's just the thing - i don't think much hard work or imagination went into this exhibit. the concept was brilliant: highlights exceptionally chic and stylish men and the exhibit hit on all the obvious candidates: cary grant, sean connery, elton john. it covered several categories of male style well enough including tailoring, flamboyant, and smart casual. however well enough just became absolutely awful in the contemporary category which took up the whole top floor of the museum. it was a weak selection of editorial shoots featuring anonymous models in even more anonymous message. it was definitely not a reflection of anything contemporary in male fashion, and made an already floundering exhibit a total let down. it's worth seeing for how bad it is. sorry to be so harsh. but this cost me $8 U.S.D and it wasn't worth it.
ever heard of jean prouve? you get a gold star and a date with me if you have! (just kidding, but i'll email you the gold star.) i'd actually never heard of the legendary furniture designer and manufacturer until visiting the design museum this past weekend. he started off as an apprentice in france and worked his way up to become one of the centuries most noted innovator in furniture design. it was awesome - in the true sense of the word - to see his pieces because they ranged from school chairs, to beds, to full on buildings. i was impressed by the inclusion of actual pieces from his archives which date back fifty years or more. it's a testament to his skill that none of the work i saw looked dated or odd. prouve was a true master at his craft.