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Scala Regia and the joy of teaching

Had a great time teaching my Visual Communication class yesterday at Artemis. It was their fifth lesson and I definitely saw some homework that could go straight into the pages of Vogue. Most of my students are pretty young so sometimes they come up with – say – a picture of Grace Jones and they have no idea who it is. Which is where I come in! I show them some Eighties art direction by Jean-Paul Goude, the video to Slave to the Rhythm and bing, bang, boom they’re minds are blown. It’s so enormously rewarding to help  students discover all the white areas on their cultural map. I love getting older and sharing the enormous amount of pop culture and history that resides in my brain. One source I am definitely going to talk about next week is the Scala Regia blog and Facebook page. It’s a veritable who’s who of cool throughout history: count and countess such and such, fashion designers, actors, artists, writers –  an endless procession of cool and eccentric people throughout the ages. I especially like the Scala Regia Facebook page, which is updated by someone who must have precious little else to do in his life because it is often updated more than a dozen times a day. I know, that sounds like an awful lot but who doesn’t want to be surprised with something new or reminded of something old ten times a day. Right?

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Yves Saint Laurent’s launch party for his Opium fragrance in New York, 1977.

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The Baron and the Baroness Guy de Rothschild chilling at home.

Henrietta, Duchess of Bedford. Mark Shaw. 1959.

Henrietta, Duchess of Bedford. Mark Shaw. 1959.

 

Hearst Castle indoor pool

Hearst Castle indoor pool

 

Raymundo de Larrain, Countess Jacqueline de Ribes and Charles de Beistegui.

Raymundo de Larrain, Countess Jacqueline de Ribes and Charles de Beistegui.

 

Dolce Gabbana Haute Couture backstage. 2013.

Dolce Gabbana Haute Couture backstage. 2013.

 

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace

 

Marella Agnelli, born Princess Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto, by Philippe Halsman. 1963.

Marella Agnelli, born Princess Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto, by Philippe Halsman. 1963.

Golden cage

Golden cage

 

The Emperor and Empress of Ethiopia

The Emperor and Empress of Ethiopia

Lady Una Troubridge. Romaine Brooks, 1924.

Lady Una Troubridge. Romaine Brooks, 1924.

 

 

 

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