Saturday, 6 December 2008

Your Majesty, Your Royal Highnesses, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen...


Last Wednesday, the Prince Claus Awards for culture were presented in Amsterdam at a lavish ceremony attended by the Dutch royal family, leading politicians and sundry plebs like myself. I was there because I'd translated most of the speeches. Hearing them read is a curious sensation: the content belongs to the original authors; the words are mine. It's a bit like dressing up in someone else's clothes: strange and slightly sexy.

One of the Awards went to the Chinese fashion designer Ma Ke. Her work is based on the Zen-like notion that clothes are imbued with memory. I agree with her entirely, although my experience is rather more along the lines of "If this frock could talk, I'd really rather it didn't!"
Photo: Annie

5 comments:

The Sexy Pedestrian said...

That's a really interesting idea, actually. I always get a feeling from thrift-shop buys and vintage stuff, like you just know it was worn to a fabulous party in the forties or fifties.

RQTKT said...

spoken like the cunning linguist you are. (oops)

The Clever Pup said...

The sculpture towards the back reminds me strongly of Manet's Street Singer which I featured yesterday.

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