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Yves Saint Laurent at the Petit Palais, Paris 2010

On a bitter, but sunny day in Paris an enormous portrait of Yves Saint Laurent floated gently on the façade of the Petit Palais to announce the opening of the largest exhibition to date on the work of YSL.  The exhibition runs until August 29.  The show, designed by Nathalie Crinière and curated by Florence Muller and Farid Chenoune, includes more than 300 garments.

Yves Saint Laurent said, “My essential rule is to elongate women and above all, to make them look thinner.  After that, all that remains is to make their jewelry look bigger and they are delighted." Viewing these vignettes from the career of the couturier who spoke those words is a feast.  If you did not see the smaller exhibit at the de Young, San Francisco...or have not had the chance to visit the Fondation de Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent, then  you should not miss this one.  While I have seen all of them, this one being the largest, there is no substitute for seeing it in Paris.

Chanel gave women freedom, Yves Saint Laurent gave them power.  And he did that for over forty years, through eighty-plus collections.

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In the 60’s Yves Saint Laurent feminized mens clothing and changed the world of fashion by creating smoking jackets, bush jackets, and jumpsuits for women.  His imaginary journeys--  Yves was an immobile traveler, he was inspired by imagery and acquired a culture from books.  The Maharajahs of India, the wild imagery of Africa, cigar factory girls of Seville - all defined his collections.

He felt his greatest achievement was the Russian collection of 1976 inspired by the Ballets Russes and operas of Verdi.

The year following saw the launch of his perfume OPIUM – at the time, 1977, a scandalous name and marketing slogan.  The slogan would later be altered due to public pressure – the name, and the fragrance, one of the greatest perfume legacies.

An exhibition of intimate rooms, silent videos well-positioned and supported by a brief and informative audio guide, added to the total experience of those who attended.  The final video, the one you could have watched over and over again, was of course, the last show – a retrospective.

I watched as some women approached a garment and viewed it as if to construct a pattern in their head or at least remember details -  they smiled in approval, in awe, in respect, in silence –

The chiffon dresses in niches floating with the assistance of an invisible fan surrounded by swatch pages all on a black ground with a mirrored ceiling to double the effect – almost a superfluous note yet it created a total chiffon experience in a passage as you neared the end of the exhibition..

Le Smoking – subconsciously or not, the display of numerous versions of this iconic suit made you lift your eyes in reverence to an entire wall of variations – the female version of a man’s tuxedo that rocked the fashion world.  It caused such a sensation, and gave couture a literal kick in the pants.

So, If you are in Paris – you must go –
If you are going to Paris, you must go-
If you were not going to Paris, now you have an excuse –

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For great vintage in Paris, visit Didier Ludot, 24 Galerie de Montpensier, the Palais Royale.  For vintage in Los Angeles, Decades (8214 1/2 Melrose Avenue).

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- Living for Design: The YSL Story, by Axel Madsen. (Delacorte 1979)

- Paris 1962: YSL & Dior, The Early Collections, Jerry Schatzberg. (Rizzoli 2009)

- Yves Saint Laurent Biography, by Alice Rawsthorn. (Doubleday 1996)

- Yves Saint Laurent: Forty Years of Creation, by Beatrice Dupire. (Int'l Festival of Fashion Photography 1998)

- Yves Saint Laurent  the Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Diana Vreeland. (Potter 1983)

- Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent and Glorious Excess in 1970's Paris, by Alicia Drake. (Littlebrom 2006)

- Yves Saint Laurent Style, by Hamish Bowles. (Abrams 2008)

- Yves Saint Laurent - Pierre Bergé Collection: Sale of the Century, by Pierre Bergé. (Flammarion 2009)

- The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Bergé, by Robert Murphy & Ivan Terestchenko. (Vendome 2009)

- Collection of Yves Saint Laurent Boxed Set, 5 Volumes; Christie's Paris, February 23-25, 2009.

All available through Archivia Books at Lexington Avenue & 72nd Street!  Call (212) 570-9565.

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C'EST INSPIRÊ
Blue and White

 

Design


The Charlotte Moss collection of fabrics and trims for Fabricut includes over 100 new items, including prints, wovens, and trimmings.  “Charlotte Moss is highly regarded in the industry as a powerful marketer and informed designer,” says David Finer, CEO of Fabricut.  Charlotte’s inspiration for the collection is drawn from antiques and vintage documents from her personal collection.  Other inspirations include architectural themes and, of course, her garden. Collaborating with the designers at Fabricut, direction and inspiration for the collection was found within her immense anthology of textile documents, items acquired during her travels and images she's captured behind her camera. Adding to her vision and attention to detail for this collection, each pattern name has its own story. Fabrics are named in honor of her muses – women travelers and explorers who pushed boundaries in many ways. Charlotte explains, "you knew what these women stood for, they had a mission, and as a result, left us legacies that inspire. They are like guiding lights."

Charlotte's second collection of fabrics and trims debuted in 2015. The collection features luscious wovens, fresh prints and stunning trimmings in three color stories - Canvas, Deep Coral and Watercolor.

“Bits of inspiration find you along your path or you find them. However the story goes, there was an attraction, an emotional reaction that caused the two of you to go home together. A tile, a turtle shell, a vintage scarf; a few of the things that inspired this collection...” -Charlotte Moss
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Charlotte Moss Books
Garden Inspirations

Charlotte turns her eye to the garden as a resource for interiors, entertaining, and good living. This book shows the myriad ways the garden provides inspiration every day —indoors and outdoors. Touring readers through her own garden, she offers insights on how to bring the garden into home life. Garden Inspirations also features additional web content accessed by scanning watermarked pages in the book with the Digimarc Discover App.

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About Charlotte Moss

Since opening her business in 1985, Charlotte has designed private residences and executive suites all over the United States and the Caribbean. In addition to designing interiors, Charlotte Moss’ career has included retail stores, celebrated for Charlotte’s unique blend of American, European and Classical influences.

Having launched her career on Wall Street, Charlotte has a keen sense for the shifting sands of change, amid all her decorating prowess. Widening her reach in recent years, Charlotte Moss, LLC now brings her signature Flair for Living to consumers worldwide with collections available under license. She has designed fabric and trim for Fabricut, carpeting sisals for Stark Carpet, and china for Pickard. Most recently, Charlotte has used her experience culled from twenty-five years of decorating couture homes to design a collection of furniture and upholstery with Century Furniture.

Charlotte is a sought-after speaker, lecturing widely on all the arts of living. Recent lecture titles include:

  • “Where Ideas Come From”
  • “A Flair for Living”
  • “Having a Visual Life”
  • “Living Well: The Key to an Enduring Style”
  • “Age Defying Decorating”
  • “What Sparks Your Creativity?”
  • “Show Me the Content: Design Blogging Today”
  • “Design Muse: Great Women of Style”

She has written nine books to date. Her most recent title, Garden Inspirations was published by Rizzoli in April of 2015. In addition to writing books, she frequently contributes to House Beautiful, Flower Magazine and other publications.

Charlotte’s work has been published in shelter magazines worldwide and she has received numerous awards, including The New York School of Interior Design's Centennial Medal, The Timeless Design Award, given by the Royal Oak Foundation, Elle Décor’s VISION AWARD, IFDA's (International Furnishings & Design Association) Circle of Excellence Award for the field of interior design and Traditional Home magazine’s list of the worlds’ Top 20 interior designers.

Charlotte considers her most important work to be her community service and philanthropy. She serves on the Boards of The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, The Bone Marrow Foundation, American Corporate Partners, Madoo Conservancy, The Elsie de Wolfe Foundation and the Advisory Board of The New York School of Interior Design, where she received an Honorary Doctorate Degree. Charlotte sits on the Acquisitions Committee at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2013, Charlotte was honored by the Bone Marrow Foundation with the Brandon Tartikoff Award at the ‘Be A Lifeline’ benefit gala, and received the Centennial Medal from the New York School of Interior Design in the spring of 2017.

 

CHARLOTTE ANN MOSS

Curriculum Vitae 

COMMUNITY SERVICE / CHARITABLE INTERESTS:

Current:

Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello, Trustee

  • Committees: Chairman of Nominating and Governance Committee

Buildings and Grounds Committee
External Affairs Committee

  • The Bone Marrow Foundation, Board Member
  • American Corporate Partners, Board Member
  • New York School of Interior Design, Advisory Board Member
  • The International Council of Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, Founding Member
  • Madoo Conservancy, Board Member
  • American Hospital of Paris Board, Honorary Trustee
  • Museum at F.I.T., Acquisitions Committee
  • Elsie de Wolfe Foundation, Board Member

Previous:

  • Parrish Art Museum, Vice President
  • Landscape Pleasures Garden Symposium at the Parrish Art Museum, Co-Chair (1998 – 2009)
  • Edith Wharton Restoration, Trustee
  • Leaders of Design Council, Executive Cabinet
  • The Irvington Institute for Medical Research, Trustee
  • Museum at F.I.T, Couture Council
  • Bard Center for Graduate Studies, Board Member
  • Teach for America Guest Teacher (May 2008)
  • UNICEF Snowflake Gala, Project Co-Chair, (2004 – 2010)
  • New York City Ballet Spring Gala, Gala Chair, (May 2008, May 2012)
  • The Smile Collection Gala for Operation Smile, Gala Chair, (May 2008)
  • Fashion Week/Lincoln Center Fall, 2009, Executive Committee Member
  • Kips Bay Showhouse, Gala Chair, (2008, 2009 and previous)

AWARDS:

  • New York School of Interior Design Centennial Medal of Honor (Spring 2017)
  • Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership & Philanthropic Endeavors (2016)
  • Housing Works Groundbreaker Award (2015)
  • American Hospital of Paris, Honoree (2014)
  • The Bone Marrow Foundation’s 2013 Brandon Tartikoff Award (2013)
  • The IFDA Circle of Excellence Award (2012)
  • The Royal Oak Foundation’s 2010 Timeless Design Award (2010)
  • New York School of Interior Design Honorary Doctorate, Commencement Speaker (2008)
  • Edith Wharton Women of Achievement Award
  • American Hospital of Paris - President’s Award
  • Boys Harbor, Salute to Achievement Founder’s Medal for Philanthropy

RECOGNITION:

  • Elle Décor The A-List, Grand Masters List (2017)
  • Elle Décor The A-List, Grand Masters List (2016)
  • Elle Décor The A-List (2015)
  • Elle Décor Grand Master List (2014)
  • Elle Decor’s A-List: The Top 25 Designers (2010)
  • Elle Decor’s Vision Award (2009)
  • Traditional Home – Top 20 Design Icon (2009)
  • The Horticultural Society of New York, Honoree
  • House Beautiful, “Top Ten” Showhouse Award / Kips Bay
  • House Beautiful, “Top 125 Designers”

AUTHOR:

  • Garden Inspirations                                  (Rizzoli, April 2015)
  • Charlotte Moss: A Visual Life                 (Rizzoli, October 2012)
  • Charlotte Moss Decorates                        (Rizzoli, April 2011)
  • A Flair for Living                                       (Assouline, Spring 2008)
  • Winter House                                              (Clarkson Potter, November, 2005)
  • Design Inspirations, Vol. I                       (Boxwood Press, October 2004)
  • The Poetry of Home                                   (Boxwood Press, December 1998)
  • Creating a Room                                        (Viking Studio Books, March 1995)
  • A Passion for Detail                                   (Doubleday, October 1991)

 

FOREWORDS:

  • The Decorated Home, Meg Braff                                                            (Rizzoli, Spring 2017)
  • How they Decorated, Gaye Tapp                                                            (Rizzoli, Spring 2017)
  • Fresh, Sybil Sylvester                                                                                 (Glitterati, Spring 2017)
  • Linens, Jane Scott Hodges                                                                        (Rizzoli, 2014)
  • An Architectural Alphabet, Bernd Dams & Andrew Zega                 (2008)
  • An Invitation to the Garden, Michael Devine                                      (Rizzoli, 2014)

EDITORIAL ROLES:           

  • Special Projects Editor, House Beautiful
  • Guest Editor, House Beautiful (November 2013 Issue)
  • Contributor, WSJ, Off Duty
  • Contributor, T Magazine
  • Contributor, Flower Magazine

ARTICLES:

  • Charlotte Moss on Maximizing White Space (House Beautiful, October 2016)
  • Charlotte Moss on Starting Your Own traditions (House Beautiful, May 2016)
  • Charlotte Moss on Beautiful Beginnings (House Beautiful, March 2016)
  • Nancy Lancaster: Haute and Humble (Flower Magazine, January-February 2016)
  • Charlotte Moss on Decorating with Music (House Beautiful, December 2015)
  • Charlotte Moss on A Flair for Living (House Beautiful, October 2015)
  • A Romance With Weeds (Flower Magazine, May-June 2015)
  • The Elegant World of Bunny Mellon (Flower Magazine, March-April 2015)
  • Winter Wonderland (Flower Magazine, December 2014)
  • Bunny Mellon’s Collection, On The Block (T-Magazine November 2014)
  • Itinerary, Botanically-Themed Designations in Paris (and Beyond), (T-Magazine, July 2014)
  • The Eloquence of Silence (T Magazine, July 2014)
  • Modern is Fashion Forward (House Beautiful, June 2014))
  • The Woman Who Served Jell-O to The A-List (WSJ, July 2013))
  • Italian Sojourn (New York Cottages & Gardens, Oct. 2012)
  • That’s Entertainment! (WSJ, Sept. 2012)
  • Design Your Own Fabric (WSJ, Sept. 2012)
  • A Tuscan Garden Tutorial (WSJ, Aug. 2012)
  • A Place to Potter Around (WSJ, July 2012)
  • In the Air: Orchidelirium (Off Duty, April 2012)
  • Hedge Finds (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, Sept. 2011)
  • That Garden Je Ne Sais Quoi (WSJ, Aug. 2011)
  • An Icon Uncovered (WSJ, May 2011)
  • The Old-World Artistry Behind the Modern House of Chanel (WSJ Magazine, April 2011)
  • Paradise Regained (WSJ, Dec. 2010) 

GUEST LECTURER:

Charlotte has lectured extensively on the topic of interior design appearing at showhouses, museums, womens’ groups, garden clubs, trade fair /antique shows and corporate events.

Past lectures include:

  • Fort Worth Garden Club, Dallas, TX (January 2017)
  • Cedar Rapids Garden Club, Cedar Rapids, IA (November 2016)
  • SCAD Style, Atlanta, GA (April 2016)
  • Marianne Scruggs Garden Club, Dallas, TX (April 2016)
  • Washington Design Center, Stark Panel, Washington, DC (March 2016)
  • Founders Garden Club, Dallas, TX (March 2016)
  • The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Houston, TX (March 2016)
  • San Francisco Design Center Fabricut Showroom Booksigning (February 2016)
  • Hillwood Museum Estate and Garden, Washington, DC (February 2016)
  • Decorative Arts Society, Newport Beach, CA (February 2016)
  • Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich, CT (December 2015)
  • Southeastern Horticultural Society, Atlanta, Georgia (October 2015)
  • Century Furniture Showroom
“What’s New, What’s Next?”, New York, NY (September 2015)
  • Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket, Nantucket, MA (August 2015)
  • ADAC, Atlanta, Georgia (May 2015)
  • Institute of Classical Architecture, Washington, DC (May 2015)
  • The Ditchley Foundation, Enstone, England (May 2015)
  • Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL (April 2015)
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA (April 2015)
  • Albemarle Garden Club, Charlottesville, VA (April 2015)
  • Palm Beach Garden Club, Palm Beach, FL (February 2015)
  • Fabricut National Sales Meeting, Tulsa, OK (February 2015)
  • Century Furniture National Sales Meeting, Washington, DC (March 2015)
  • San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, San Francisco, CA (October 2014)
  • Nashville Antiques and Garden Show, Nashville, TN (February 2014)
  • Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC (March 2014)
  • High Point Spring Market, High Point, NC (April 2014)
  • 18th Annual Los Angeles Antiques Art + Design Show, Los Angeles, CA
(October 2013)
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,
Kansas City, MO
(October 2013)
  • Boston Design Center,
Boston, MA (June 2013)
  • KADO, St. Petersburg, Russia, (May 2013)
  • KADO, Moscow, Russia (May 2013)
  • Chicago, International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, Chicago, IL (April 2013)
  • SCAD Style, Savannah, GA (April 2013)
  • London Design Week, London, England (March 2013)
  • Madoo Conservancy, Sagaponack, NY (March 2013)
  • Design Bloggers Conference
, Los Angeles, CA (March 2013)
  • Hillwood Museum Estate and Gardens, Washington, DC (February 2013)
  • The Mount at the NYSID Auditorium
New York, NY (February 2013)
  • Homefront Live: A Q & A Session with Jura Koncius,
New York, NY (January 2013)
  • Inside the Business of Design: An Interview with Keith Granet,
New York, NY (January 2013)
  • Holiday House Decorator Showhouse,
New York, NY (November 2012)
  • DCOTA Fall Market,
Dania Beach, FL (November 2012)
  • High Point Market,
High Point, NC (October 2012)
  • Soicher Marin Gallery
High Point Market,
High Point, NC (October 2012)
  • Marketplace Design Center,
Philadelphia, PA (October 2012)
  • Century Furniture Showroom
“What’s New, What’s Next?”, 
New York, NY (September 2012)
  • Devon Yacht Club, Amagansett, NY (August 2012)
  • Calico Corners
Calico Home,
Strafford, PA (May 2012)
  • Atlanta Decorative Arts Center,
Atlanta, GA (May 2012)
  • Washington DC Design Center
at the J. Lambeth Showroom, Washington, DC (April 2012)
  • WESTWEEK, Pacific Design Center,
Los Angeles, CA (March 2012)
  • International Women’s Day Luncheon, New York, NY (March 2012)
  • Phoenix Art Museum,
Phoenix, AZ (March 2012)
  • Coup D’Etat,
San Francisco, CA (February 2012)
  • Fabricut Showroom Appearance,
San Francisco, CA (February 2012)
  • Decorative Center Houston,
Houston, TX (November 2011)
  • The Heritage Club,
New Orleans, LA (October 13, 2011)
  • Fabricut Showroom,
New York, NY – (October 2011)
  • Antiques at the Gardens,
Birmingham, AL (October 2011)
  • Lauritzen Gardens,
Omaha, NE (September 2011)
  • The Parrish Art Museum: Landscape Pleasures,
Southampton, NY (June 2011)
  • Kips Bay Showhouse Booksigning
New York NY – May 19, 2011
  • Atlanta Symphony Showhouse, Atlanta, GA (April 2011)
  • Ralph Lauren Home, Naples, FL and Boston, MA (April 2011)
  • Lake Forest Showhouse, Lake Forest, IL (May 2011)
  • Visions 2011: A Garden Club of America, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA (May 2011)
  • The Sulgrave Club, Washington, DC (May 2011)
  • Heritage Club, New Orleans, LA (October 2011)
  • Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville, Nashville, TN (February 2011)
  • The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
  • Gump’s Department Store, San Francisco, CA
  • The Massey Cancer Center at VCU, Richmond, VA
  • The Antiquarian Society, Montgomery, AL

INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECTS LOCATIONS:

 Montecito, CA                                         Houston, TX

Aspen, CO New York, NY
Bermuda Palm Beach, FL
Bel Air, CA Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Denver, CO Southampton, NY
East Hampton, NY St. Barths
Greenwich, CT Tulsa, OK

Palm Springs, CA

LICENSING: 

Current:

Furniture & Upholstery for Century Furniture

Fabric & Trim collections with Fabricut

China with Pickard

Carpet Collections with Stark Carpet

Fabric & Wallpaper with Brunschwig & Fils

Garden Planters with Siebert and Rice

 

 

CONSULTING      

Charlotte is frequently asked by various organizations to draw upon her expertise with consulting on various projects in manufacturing, retail, interior design and publishing. Consulting projects have included:

Gift shop design and space planning consultation, Monticello

Licensing Consultation, Colonial Williamsburg

Restoration of The Mount, Lenox, Massachusetts

Production of a Fundraising DVD, Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

TV/RADIO APPEARANCES:

  • Nate Berkus Radio Show
  • Martha Stewart Living Today on Sirius Satellite Radio
  • HGTV
  • NBC Weekend Today Show
  • HGTV Our Home
  • E! Style
  • ABC Good Morning America

WEBSITE/BLOG

The Charlotte Moss website, A Flair For Living™, contains information on upcoming events, speaking engagements and licensed products, as well as the blogs, Tête-à-Tête and C’est Inspiré. Tête-à-Tête, editorially based, is updated regularly and contains articles of topical interest. C’est Inspiré, is Charlotte’s photo blog - photographs in which Charlotte feels do all the talking…

DECORATOR SHOWHOUSES:

  • Holiday House, Susan G. Komen Foundation, NYC, 2008, 2012
  • Laurel Showhouse for Veranda, NYC, 2008
  • Kips Bay Decorator’s Showhouse, NYC, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012
  • International Designer Showhouse, NYC
  • Hampton Designer Showhouse, Bridgehampton, NY
  • The Mount, Lenox, MA
  • Hampton Designer Showhouse, Southampton, NY
  • Richmond Virginia Showhouse, Richmond, VA
  • The Royal Oak Foundation Showhouse, NYC
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