Art for all Sexes

I work along Museum Row on the famed Miracle Mile in Los Angeles (hope you enjoy all of that LA lingo in one sentence). The most widely known museums in the area are probably the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA) and the La Brea Tar Pits. There are a few lesser-known attractions such as the Craft and Folk Art Museum and the Architecture and Design Museum that I haven’t made my way to yet. Recently, I took a visit to Museum Row’s feminine and masculine side while playing tourist.

"Feel like a woman, wear a dress!"

“Feel like a woman, wear a dress!”

Through the end of this month, LACMA has a free exhibition called Journey of a Dress, honoring the 40 year anniversary of Diane von Furstenberg‘s greatest contribution to fashion, the wrap dress.

A visual history of DVF and the infamous wrap dress

There is something about Diane that just exudes sexiness, no matter her age. She seems like the kind of woman that owns a room the moment she enters it, overflowing with confidence and charm. Although she has that innate European elegance that American women can’t help but envy, her iconic wrap dress is one piece of fashion almost every woman can agree upon. Figure flattering and appropriate for many occasions, to see the number of forms the dress has taken over the years is astounding.

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The center piece display of the collection

The boy enjoyed this as an educational experience on women’s fashion and we had fun picking out our favorites (and least favorites) among the dresses that filled the room.

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A colorful corner of the collection

For either sex, it is definitely worth the trip if you can make it before it closes. Regardless of when you visit, LACMA always has exciting exhibits. Last year I saw the Stanley Kubrick exhibition, a collection of memorabilia from his life and work. LACMA never disappoints.

The Petersen is a car lover's dream

The Petersen is a car lover’s dream

Across the street, the Petersen Automotive Museum has an amazing collection of cars throughout the ages, as well as some Hollywood automotive icons because after all, this is LA.

A 1931 Ford Model A Station Wagon

A 1931 Ford Model A Station Wagon

I find old cars to be completely beautiful works of art. The 1950’s will always be my decade of choice because of the classiness and also the colorful cars. But I do love the 1930’s vehicles that remind me of the climactic shoot-out in ‘Bonnie and Clyde‘.

Hot Wheels exhibition

Hot Wheels exhibition

As a good big sister, I spent my fair share of time playing Hot Wheels with my little brother in exchange for borrowing his G.I. Joes when my Barbies got tired of Ken and wanted a real man. It was a nice trip down memory lane looking through the collection of toy cars and identifying which ones were my childhood favorites.

The corner of Fairfax and Wilshire

The corner of Fairfax and Wilshire

And there you have it, a convenient day of museum visits that can appeal to everyone’s interests.

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