You may have remembered a few weeks back I posted about Nan Kempner. I’ve been very interested in her, being as my hero’s usually included Karen Walker from Will & Grace. And my grandmother who still even in her 80’s wears high heels and matching handbag. Women of classic style and quick wit intreauge me, so it was natural for me to post about Nan.
Well, guess what? The de Young Museum contacted me! They would like to use the image from my post, and asked if I could be involved with the exhibition. Mary Jo Bowling, from the museum has this idea to have a portion called “Channel Your Inner Fashionista” and have people submit their Nan Kempner-inspired portraits. So I think it would be fun to submit some more photos for the exhibition. Why not? It’s fun to dress up, and what better muse than Nan Kempner, the very definition of American Elegance.
I particularly find the way she mixed couture with regular clothing, the blazer and jeans are pretty much, corporate attire in California, but when she first did it, it was revolutionary.
‘Nothing can replace the cut, fit, and love that goes into a couture outfit: it has been made by an artist. And besides, it goes well with the Gap.’
So let’s play dress up! How about send in some pics of you in Nan Kempner attire, and we’ll post them up! Also, from here until the exhibition opening, I’m going to post a little quote and fact about Nan, to get you inspired.