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Meeting Donna Loveday


October 6, 2007/3.42

[Cross-posted] Had a great chat this morning to curator Donna Loveday from the Design Museum. Her exhibition, When Philip Met Isabella, a tribute to milliner Philip Treacy and the late Isabella Blow, is on at the New Dowse in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, after dropping by in St Petersburg and Melbourne, and I would seriously recommend it.
   It’s a bit of a pity that Donna is ?ying out to the UK today—literally in a few hours—because her lecture put the exhibition into context, as well as gave some good (tasteful) goss about Philip and Isabella. Even without it, however, you can marvel at Treacy’s creations.
   In our chat, when things got a bit personal, I asked, ‘Is this off the record?’ to ?nd that it was. Naturally, I’ll respect that.
   Our chat went into subjects as unrelated as automobiles, the music of John Barry and Life on Mars (repeating on TV One on Sunday nights, but as far as I can tell, with the same butchering as when it was on prime-time)—it was a pleasure chatting to a fan of good design and its recent history. At least she didn’t think it too freaky when I went into a discussion of modernism, or it might have been that British politeness.

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