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Simon Doonan says the 2016 presidential candidates should provide more “fash-tainment;” and a documentary pulls back the veil on the House of Dior. Plus, Joseph Giovannini questions the LACMA design by Peter Zumthor. 

Image: Dior’s haute couture atelier discovers Raf Simons’ first sketches from the documentary DIOR AND I, directed by Frédéric Tcheng. Courtesy of CIM Productions.

Simon Doonan Wants “Fash-tainment” in the 2016 Election 5 MIN, 40 SEC

Washington politicians aren’t known for daring fashion choices, but Simon Doonan, writer and creative ambassador for Barney’s New York, wants that to change.

In a recent column for Slate he montaged Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and others in catwalk styles he felt better expressed their true selves, while providing us with “fash-tainment” during a long drawn out campaign season. He discussed his choices with Frances Anderton in front of an intimate live audience this past weekend.

Seamstresses Steal the Show in ‘Dior and I’ 11 MIN, 35 SEC

Dior and I is a new documentary directed by Frédéric Tcheng, who cut his teeth on Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel and Valentino: the Last Emperor.

His film offers a rare look into the inner workings of the haute couture fashion house, founded by Christian Dior in 1946, as Raf Simons became its new creative director.

Among many revelations is the instrumental role of the seamstresses in the Dior atelier in the creation of the house's luxurious designs.  

Dior and I will be screened for a limited time at select theaters in Los Angeles. Click here for full list of theaters showing the film in Los Angeles.

Should the LACMA Scheme Move Forward? 5 MIN, 57 SEC

As LACMA celebrates its 50th birthday this week, the project for the museum’s new design by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor appears to be moving forward. But should it?

Joseph Giovannini is an architect and critic based in Los Angeles and New York, and this weekend he wrote a piece for the Los Angeles Review of Books arguing that it’s time to stop the project due to many failings, including its ‘unoriginal’ design and a secretive process that’s allowed the architect to function as an artist.

Michael Govan is the director of LACMA and he explains that many a great building has emerged from a process that provokes a “palpable sense of worry.”

A Celebration of Tap Water 3 MIN, 31 SEC

Evelyn Wendel is co-founder of WeTap, a non-profit advocating for greater access to public drinking water. She explains why California, in the midst of a crippling drought, should appreciate the resource now more than ever.

Wendel has also worked to bring California its first-ever Tap Water Day that will take place on May 7th at Balboa Arts Center.


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