Leaf Arbuthnot

Leaf Arbuthnot, who studies languages at Cambridge University, has taken a year out to study at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. She is an avid fashion and food blogger (alias Londonette in Paris) and writes regularly for the Cambridge Tab, the UK’s most-read student newspaper.

Paris Haute Couture

February 7, 2010 | By Leaf Arbuthnot | Archive

Getting a LiftFrom Haute Couture Silk evening gown by Madeleine Vionnet (1924). © Collection Musée Galliera For many, haute couture has never seemed so irrelevant. With the euro on the brink of collapse, jobs being lost all over world and … Read More

1931 Face-Dos-Profile

February 7, 2010 | By Leaf Arbuthnot | Archive

A Forgotten Fashion Year Resurrected from the Archives Evening gown is by Paquin, 1931. © Archives de Paris/D12U10 297 Thirties’ fashion is frequently overlooked in favor of more revolutionary styles of the Roaring Twenties. While modern designers often exhume styles … Read More

La Photographie en France, 1950-2000

February 7, 2010 | By Leaf Arbuthnot | Archive

Images Plucked from The Sludge of History ”La Vie de Château” (1973) by Philippe Salaün. © Philippe Salaün. Collection Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris Any exhibition that attempts to cover a time span of more than 30 years or … Read More

La Photographie en France, 1950-2000 (2)

February 7, 2010 | By Leaf Arbuthnot | Archive

Images Plucked from The Sludge of History ”La Vie de Château” (1973) by Philippe Salaün. © Philippe Salaün. Collection Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris Any exhibition that attempts to cover a time span of more than 30 years or … Read More

Anticorps

February 7, 2010 | By Leaf Arbuthnot | Archive

A Baffling, Freewheeling Vision of Human Hell ”Marseille” (1997) © Antoine d’Agata-Magnum photos. Courtesy Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris Art is not always meant to uplift. The task of an exhibition is just as much to open visitors’ eyes … Read More

La Valise Mexicaine: Capa, Taro, Chim

February 7, 2010 | By Leaf Arbuthnot | Archive

History in a SuitcaseRediscovered in Mexico ”Spectators Watching the Funeral Procession of General Lukacs, Valencia, June 16, 1937,” by Gerda Taro. © International Center of Photography There are moments in history when the loss of a suitcase does not constitute … Read More

Ziem: J’ai Rêvé le Beau

February 7, 2010 | By Leaf Arbuthnot | Archive

The French Turner Captures Light on Canvas “Venise, l’Eglise de Crescuati (1870-80). © Petit Palais/Roger-Viollet The lives of 19th-century artists were often remarkably short. A penchant for opium, a meager income and a tendency to spend a lot of time … Read More