Earlier this summer I had the great opportunity to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey home in Virginia. What I liked most about the visit is that it’s on the same grounds at Woodlawn Plantation, which is a Georgian era estate house that was constructed by Nelly Custis (relative of George Washington). We started the day with chandeliers, and high ceilings and ended in Wright’s dream of the future. I absolutely LOVED the contrast! I realize that not all people appreciate it when something classical is showcased next to something modern ( the Louvre pyramid is a case in point) but I personally LOVE the juxtaposition of old and new. Sometimes I feel like the new modern touches make you appreciate the classical touches even more.
Parisian photographer, Léo Caillard was so inspired by the statues in the Louvre that he re-cast modern day people as the classical figures and dressed them in modern day apparel. I think it’s BRILLIANT.
“What is the importance of clothing in our modern society?” How you dress is who you are. When you dress statues, suddenly no longer are they simply reclining figures from the distant past, they now look to be figures from modern and hip cities of today. Because they are made relevant to our current styles, we can see the realism and humanity in each figure.