Versailles: the Palace that keeps on giving. Robert Polidori spent 25 years photographing the gradual conservation of the Palace. 35 large-scale prints of his head-tiltingly meta shots are now showing at Galleria Carla Sozzani.
And thanks to Polidori, bits of Versailles found their way to the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at
Bryant Park Lincoln Center on Friday. Jason Wu described his Autumn/Winter 2011-12 collection as “Baroque meets Sportswear.” Inspired by Polidori’s works, Wu’s collection dripped of textured luxury and hyperbolic indulgence – complete with a chandelier in a shipping crate as backdrop. Fifteen different types of lace, hundreds of crystals, and a whole lot of feathers: very Versailles, indeed.