Friday, March 25, 2011

Where the Wild Things Are

Happy Friday, friends! What are you up to this weekend? If you are in Seattle and looking for something to do, may I recommend a trip to SAM for the Nick Cave "Meet Me at the Center of the Earth" exhibit?

Mr. H. and I went a couple weeks ago and loved it. Mr. Cave's Sound Suits, wearable fabric and found-object suits, are utterly delightful--Dr. Seuss meets Sesame Street meets Where The Wild Things Are meets Couture. They're also thought provoking, bringing up themes of beauty vs. ugly, treasure vs. garbage, stranger vs. familiar. But mostly, in my eyes, the suits are fun and playful.

They put in an appearance in the September 2010 issue of Vogue, and when you look closely at the fabrication and craftsmanship, it's no surprise that Mr. Cave is the director of the graduate fashion program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 September 2010 Vogue

In fact, it seems to be a pretty short leap between Mr.Cave's whimsical Sound Suits and what we're currently seeing on the runways and the street.


Kate Moss (The Cut)

Anna Dello Russo (

 The ubiquitous Prada fur stole (Tommy Ton)

House of Holland (

Mary Katranzou (

Mary Katranzou (

I think even some of my youngest friends would love this exhibit if their moms have time to take them to SAM. Penelope, Bobby, Sophia, Lane and Cole, let me know which suit is your favorite! (I'm fond of the furry ones, myself!)

Have a wildly fun weekend, everyone!


  1. f a b u l o u s post my darling friend... wow... i will go check it out (even though i am not one of the little ones!) he he xx

  2. Wow this looks amazing. Love this post! Wish I were in Seattle!
    Following :)

  3. Wow very neat. I don't think we have anything like that out here in Cali. The closest I can compare it to is FIDM when they have the academy award costumes on display. Those hairy images are crazy. Kind of reminds me of cousin it =) Thanks for sharing.

    - Sarah

  4. Thanks Jeanne! Our Sunday plans just went sideways, and heaven knows my kids can't get enough of the SAM - great idea! Sophia would also like to request a painting class with you soon!! XOXO

  5. I am going to challenge you back and you guess which Penelope will choose.... then of course, afterwards you know she is going to attempt her own creation....

  6. "I love all of them!" proclaims Lane. But, when push comes to shove, she stands with her mama and favors Mary Katranzou's FABULOUS floral ensemble. We will head to SAM to see all the fabulous fuzziness in person shortly! xo

  7. What fun!! Wish I were able to see it in person. And love your pairings - always fun to see some "art" on the runway!

  8. amazing!!!

    xoxo from rome

    (there's a GIVE-AWAY!)

  9. I think my little fashionista Sofia will love the exhibit. I'll plan to take her during sprin break in a couple of weeks. I'm just worried she'll wanted to start dressing like this, seriously! Happy Monday.

  10. Just saw this on SAM's site. You can make your own. hah!

    Extraordinary Ensembles
    April 9, 2011
    10 am–4 pm
    Nordstrom Art Studio

    Join Seattle-based artist Mandy Greer for a hands-on workshop for adults, to create a wearable work of art inspired by Nick Cave's Soundsuits using paper mâché and found materials. Participants are encouraged to show off their creations at March to the Center of the Earth: Community Night Out on May 5, which includes an all-ages procession to SAM.

    Members: $15.00
    Adults: $30.00
    Students: $24.00

    Tickets may be purchased at the Ticketing Desk at any of SAM's three sites, or over the phone with a credit card by calling the SAM Box Office at 206.654.3121.



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