Friday File

Happy Friday! I admit I am ready for Spring Break next week, even if it means I still have to work. I had a lot of class visits in the Fashion Study Collection this week plus a donor visit. I need a rest from lecturing, even if that means getting some monotonous cataloging done at my desk. Is there something you do at work that is commonly thought of as boring but you actually enjoy (at least from time to time)?

Aside from work, I’m looking forward to the Marc Le Bihan trunk show at Robin Richman this weekend. His spring/summer collection and pre-sale fall/winter collection will be 15% off, and there is a cocktail reception tonight.

Now, the best links of the week:

Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has smart, funny, and compelling thoughts on gender, feminism, and Africa and she’s stylish as all heck. Her Ted talk is incredible. I need to get my hands on her books. Someone get this woman a bigger platform immediately!

My good friend Liz is headed to the National Stationary Show. And her business, Betsy Ann Paper, needs a little help with a Kickstarter. If you love beautifully crafted stationary, you will want to back this. The rewards are stellar!

I’m planning to sit down with my iPad this weekend and read through the New York Times special section on Museums, which was published earlier in the week.

We need to do something to better support female fashion designers in the United States. The following section, reported as industry culture, makes me rage: “Over the past six months, I’d estimate that nearly a dozen publicists and designers have mentioned to me that it’s more difficult to sell an editor on a female designer. To them, the hierarchy goes like this: straight men first, gay men second, women third.”

I would visit a Museum of Food and Drinks.

I can’t wait until the Yves Saint Laurent movie comes out (June 25)! Also, I’m clutching my pearls over so many original garments worn in the film.

Rena Tom wrote a great piece that muses over handcraft versus machine craft.

Designer L’Wren Scott was found dead on Monday, which was ruled a suicide. Cathy Horyn wrote a personal reflection about Scott’s life and her relationship with the deceased designer.

Friday File

This was a busy week because the students are back on campus. Spring semester started, and despite the cold, we plunged right ahead with regularly scheduled classes aside from Monday night. I’m excited to get back into the groove of class visits to the fashion collection and storage upgrade projects. But I will miss the quiet days of spending time by myself in the collection.

In a couple weeks, I’m hosting an event featuring lingerie from the collection, and I’m having a good time discovering some very beautiful and feminine pieces in it. You can see a lovely detail of a nightgown from the 1920s I’m planning to include below.

Here are this week’s links:

This great post on Unmaking Things shows us how one could take a new perspective on museum artifacts that are never on display.

There’s a Marie Antoinette Diet? Is it crazy to want to try it?

I love this essay from a Washington Post journalist on his love of figure skating despite being an untraditional fan.

Did you know that designers leave show notes on the audience’s seats during a fashion show? I have never seen any in person, but Erin Hazelton transcribed Maison Martin Margiela’s most recent couture show notes. When I read that the first two looks contained scraps of Mariano Fortuny fabric, I got really excited.

MLK Day, Art Institute, and Stephen Sprouse

Cocktail, by Gerald Murphy, 1927, from Whitney Museum of American Art, via artnet Magazine

Yesterday, most of the USA was off for MLK Jr. Day, and I along with them. I spent the afternoon at the Art Institute of Chicago, mostly looking at the exhibition Art & Appetite, which was an interesting exploration of American artwork with a food theme. My favorite pieces in it were created during the 1920s and 30s. I particularly enjoyed seeing Cocktail, by Gerald Murphy, an artist who I’ve read a lot about in the Hemingway biographies and who was a character reference for F. Scott Fitzgerald in his novel Tender is the Night. Art & Appetite closes next week on January 27.

Louis Vuitton handbags and luggage featuring Stephen Sprouse graffiti print, photographed by Raymond Meier for Vogue, January 2001

But the rest of the world went on with business as usual yesterday, and Raincoast Creative Salon ran my last post for my Fashion One-Oh-One column. This time I focused on graffiti in fashion, initiated by the designer Stephen Sprouse. Head over and read all about graffiti in fashion!

I had a blast writing the six-part column for Sandra of Raincoast, and really appreciate her invitation to write for her blog throughout the last four months. If you missed any of my Fashion One-Oh-One posts on Raincoast Creative Salon, here they all are:
The Wedding Dress
Elsa Schiaparelli
Christian Dior’s New Look
The Paper Dress
Stephen Sprouse Graffiti Dress

Sundaes on Sunday

This past Sunday evening Travis and I got out of the house to do something a little different. We volunteered to make and serve ice cream sundaes at our church with the proceeds benefiting Churches United for the Homeless. Travis and I took the 6-8 p.m. shift, and it was really fun to meet people that live in the neighborhood.

The sundae station was set up on our church’s front lawn. We served vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream and had a variety of syrups and nuts available along with whipped cream and cherries.

I love ice cream so much. I’m worried that I’m becoming lactose intolerant as I get older. But I’m trying out a dairy digestive aid, and it seems to be helping so that I don’t get sick. Sweet relief because I don’t know how I’d be able to give up the frozen treat.

What is your favorite ice cream and ice cream toppings? I’d love to hear your creative combos.

all photos taken by Jacqueline WayneGuite

Taco Truck

My mom is in town, so last night for dinner I decided to take her to Fargo’s food truck, Taco Bros.

I can hardly believe that Fargo has a proper food truck before Chicago, but it’s true. (Chicago’s food trucks can’t prepare food inside the vehicle, so at most they can only serve pre-made items like cupcakes.) And it’s tasty to boot!

This was my second time visiting Taco Bros. They are currently parked next to Empire Liquors, and there are tables and chairs set up so you can eat right there.

It’s lovely sitting in the summer sun and gobbling down tasty Mexican. There is always a small crowd gathering around eating or waiting for their food. Taco Bros. has quickly developed a following in Fargo.

Last night I had a chicken taco, which had a bit of heat to it, and a vegetarian tostada, which unfortunately had beef — not so veggie. The platter also came with rice and beans, and I added a mandarin pop.

It was all so good.

Happy Hour

Sometimes going out for drinks after a long week is just what I need. This past Friday was one of those evenings, so my husband and I went to Mezzaluna, a new restaurant that opened recently in Fargo.

I like it’s ambience. There’s an old chandelier that looks like it must be from the 1930s or before. It’s swanky without feeling stuffy. There’s a lounge area with swishy chairs and couches, a stylish bar serving only top shelf, and a dining area with those padded booths that look like half oyster shells. It’s cool.

But we’re trying to save money, so we got there before happy hour ended and sat at the bar. I ordered an Italian Job cocktail — Grey Goose, Limoncello, mint, and Prosecco — and my husband had a Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. They were tasty. Happy hour was still going for another five minutes, and we were hungry, so we ended up getting a cheese plate and crab cakes before the discount ended.

The food was so tasty. There was a strawberry on our cheese plate that tastes just the way a vine-ripe strawberry should taste. These folks have a good supplier and even better chefs and bartenders. We’ll definitely be going back for happy hour again.