This Sunday I am sitting at the desk in the Galleria that is right next to my office.

I never grow tired of looking at these amazing photos of Edward Steichen. Last night was the opening of the show that the Galleria will host through the New Year.

 Today, the Cultural Counselor Stefano Boeri organized the first “Milano A spasso”.

No cars in Milano and more than 100 events are being hosted to celebrate the cultural treasures of the City for the Milanaise. The bookstore and Galleria are full with walkers, bicycles and good cheer in a very quiet Milano! Milano Green makes me think of this iconic tree taken by Carlo Valsecchi.

 

 The story is Steichen was to shoot Garbo on a Monday morning.  Not liking

how her hair  looked, she pulled it all back saying, “I do not like!”.

Steichen said, “STOP. Do not move” and took the photo.  It is considered one of the best pictures of Garbo ever taken.

Steichen photographed the ballerina Gilda Gray dancing “Medusa” in 1923. Seventy years later Peter Lindbergh photographed Naomi Campbell in Azzedine Alaïa.

 First shown at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, Steichen’s work during his years at Vogue and Vanity Fair being installed in Galleria Carla Sozzani. This is a delight. The most exciting moments with an exhibition is always in the installation. Here Bill Ewing who curated the exhibition and the book.

When I go to Florence, I try to go to via Tornabuoni, not so much to see the great fashions, but more for the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum and Procacci – since 1885 a delicatessen famous for its truffles. A truffle panini and a glass of prosecco at the wine bar is a great wayto see the real Florentine life.

Posted on: Sunday, November 20th, 2011

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