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BiographiesHappy new year! We have received our first box of new books. Inside are two biographies on two remarkable fashion designers’ lives.

Firstly, ‘Elsa Schiaparelli: a biography’ by Meryle Secrest looks fascinating as it is not someone I have ever heard of. She was from Rome but then moved to London, New York and Paris during the first half of the 20th Century. Having inspiration and collaboration with artists as famous as Dali made her a star of her time.

Secondly, ‘Vivienne Westwood’ by Vivienne Westwood and Ian Kelly, is an instantly recognisable name to me. Having a quick delve into this hardback book uncovers a chapter which highlights her popularity in Asia. In Mandarin her name translates to ‘Dowager Empress West’. It also looks at her honoured place in American fashion resulting from her designer wedding dress being chosen in the hugely-successful ‘Sex and the City’ movie in 2008. She is also an activist and her voice and actions have a wide resonance.

Having a look at the blurbs and on wikipedia, it is clear that both women had lots of fashion moments of surprise and ingenuity and they often went against convention (as many artists do!). Reading about their lives gives us an insight into their cultural influences over the decades. We have lots more biographies on famous and influential women on our shelves. Come have a browse next time you are in the LRC.

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DVD standA major exhibition of the abstract Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair launched on the 17 April at Tate Modern. This is the first time a UK exhibition of her work has taken place in the UK. Find out more about her art and the exhibition on the Tate Modern page.

On a Lebanese theme we’ve been adding some new films in Arabic and English from the Lebanese director Nadine Labaki to our collection:

Caramel

Where do we go now?

Caramel tells the tale of a group of women working in a beauty parlour. Whilst Where do we go Now? focuses on a group of Lebanese women that decide to do something about the conflict in their village between Christians and Muslims.


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