Mesdames, if you thought you were impressed by the MMFA’s Tiffany exhibition, wait until you discover the collection of diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire jewelry that is currently showcased at the popular Montreal museum.
Inspiria is a spectacular private collection of twenty pieces of jewelry, that mark the 150th anniversary of the House of Boucheron and the 25th anniversary of Cirque du Soleil.
Just like Cirque du Soleil revolutionized the circus world, Boucheron’s complex, asymmetrical and playful collection is now redefining the boundaries of fine jewelry design. Each necklace is a representation of a specific Cirque du Soleil production, including this jaw-dropping Alegria necklace set with an oval pink and an oval blue sapphire, paved with pink and blue sapphires and diamonds, and set in white gold.
It took roughly three years to create all these beauties and now is your chance (a rare one) to discover the creative process of fine jewelry. The display will include the original gouache drawings used for the execution of each piece, with explanations of the sources of the imagery and of the techniques employed.
Following exhibitions such as Yves St-Laurent and the current Tiffany Glass, the MMFA seems to be adding fashion and design to their curriculum, to my greatest delight.
Thinking of visiting Montreal in 2011? Worry not. More fashion design is on the menu at the MMFA with exhibitions showcasing the work Jean-Paul Gaultier in addition to a exhibit focusing on Montreal designer, Denis Gagnon.
Where to stay: The museum is steps away from the Ritz-Carlton for the ultimate bourgeois getaway. You may also want to book a few nights at Loews Hotel Vogue which offers chic rooms right next to the museum and downtown shops, or take a 5 minute cab ride to the trendy and modern Opus Hotel on Sherbrooke Boulevard, corner St-Laurent.
What to do: Stop at the boutique of the MMFA, they have a wide selection of fun gifts and souvenirs. The museum is also situated at the heart of Montreal’s commercial shopping district, so make sure you stop at the posh Holt Renfrew or go for a stroll on St-Catherine Boulevard, where you’ll find stores such as BCBG, H&M, Zara, Betsey Johnson, Guess, Urban Outfitters and more.
Where to eat: Make your day 100% Paris-influenced and grab a bite at French Bistro, Pois Penché on de Maisonneuve Boulevard and Drummond. You’ll also be steps away from popular Crescent Street, where you’ll find many patios offering delightful pitchers of sangria.
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April 1 – August 29, 2010