Friday, June 17, 2011

Sunglasses at Night

Last night my friend Katrina Pavlos invited me to the opening of the exhibition “Persol Magnificent Obsessions: 30 Stories of Craftsmanship in Film” at Center 548 in New York.  Persol is one of my favorite sunglasses brands, so I was super excited about this event.  The evening included a beautiful exhibit, rooftop cocktails, music spun by DJ Ryan McGinley, and plenty of celebrities like (and some personal favorites) Sir Ben Kingsley, Terry Gilliam, Mira Nair and Rupert Friend.  The exhibition is open to the public all this weekend and celebrates the stories of obsessive craftsmanship behind some of cinema's most iconic on-screen moments.  Just as it takes 30 manual steps to create the perfect pair of Persol frames, Persol Magnificent Obsessions showcases how each instance of cinematic perfection takes painstaking research and craftsmanship to develop.  Some really fantastic films are featured in the exhibition, including Blue Velvet, Gandhi (model of the palace below), Marie Antoinette (I took shots of the amazing jewelry and accessories), The Darjeeling Limited, and Vertigo.  If you’re in New York this weekend go check out this outstanding event at 548 West 22nd Street.  Entrance is free.

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