Lady Gaga: Surf ‘n Turf
Niborama was amused to find a New York Times blog post on Opening Ceremony’s Mondrian-inspired Pret a Surf swimwear. Partly because Nibs has been known to hit the waves herself and she’s always searching for gear that isn’t going to make her look more kooky than she does already (not sure a Mondrian rash guard would help in this department). Second because, how did Mondrian turn into the next big thing? I mean, we know Yves Saint Laurent made that fab Mondrian dress in the ’60s, which Lady Gaga goes gaga over in her inaugural V magazine column. But then she uses the Dutch abstractionist as the touchstone for modernist inspiration throughout the last century. “…Picasso was Matisse’s Mondrian, and vice versa,” she writes. “Bowie is often my Mondrian, as are Michael Jackson, Prince, Lita Ford, and Madonna. Mugler is my silhouette’s Mondrian, Cindy Crawford is my sexuality’s, Kermit is my whimsy’s, and, in my ‘Born This Way’ Video, two of my Mondrians were Francis Bacon and Salvador Dalí…” On she goes, through the course of art history (though it seems she might be using a Jansons from the ’60s, before there were any women artists in it.) We like Mondrian as much as the next gal—or at least Sherrie Levine. And we know Gaga’s stance on performance art, as Jon Pareles just reminded us. So maybe it’s time to get a new textbook—and to start living off the grid?

Lady Gaga: Surf ‘n Turf

Niborama was amused to find a New York Times blog post on Opening Ceremony’s Mondrian-inspired Pret a Surf swimwear. Partly because Nibs has been known to hit the waves herself and she’s always searching for gear that isn’t going to make her look more kooky than she does already (not sure a Mondrian rash guard would help in this department). Second because, how did Mondrian turn into the next big thing? I mean, we know Yves Saint Laurent made that fab Mondrian dress in the ’60s, which Lady Gaga goes gaga over in her inaugural V magazine column. But then she uses the Dutch abstractionist as the touchstone for modernist inspiration throughout the last century. “…Picasso was Matisse’s Mondrian, and vice versa,” she writes. “Bowie is often my Mondrian, as are Michael Jackson, Prince, Lita Ford, and Madonna. Mugler is my silhouette’s Mondrian, Cindy Crawford is my sexuality’s, Kermit is my whimsy’s, and, in my ‘Born This Way’ Video, two of my Mondrians were Francis Bacon and Salvador DalĂ­…” On she goes, through the course of art history (though it seems she might be using a Jansons from the ’60s, before there were any women artists in it.) We like Mondrian as much as the next gal—or at least Sherrie Levine. And we know Gaga’s stance on performance art, as Jon Pareles just reminded us. So maybe it’s time to get a new textbook—and to start living off the grid?

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Not that I don’t like you,I’m just at a party.
Cristobal Balenciaga, House photograph of evening ensemble; dress of black silk crepe and “chou” wrap of black silk gazar, winter 1967. Photo courtesy Balenciaga Archives, Paris.
From “Balenciaga and Spain,” opening March 26, 2011, at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

Not that I don’t like you,
I’m just at a party.

Cristobal Balenciaga, House photograph of evening ensemble; dress of black silk crepe and “chou” wrap of black silk gazar, winter 1967. Photo courtesy Balenciaga Archives, Paris.

From “Balenciaga and Spain,” opening March 26, 2011, at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

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