October in NYC was great…


…but I had to share one more thing

This is a re-issue of the post “October in NYC was great…but” to fix a glitch in the video playback. I apologize for any inconvenience.

I posted an Around the Block yesterday about Covid-19 vaccine passports and how well the verification system seems to be working in New York City. 

To exemplify the success, I referenced the many venues and eating establishment in the City in which showing proof of vaccination to gain entry worked smoothly and civilly. And while I mentioned both the exhibitions and the restaurants, as I wrote yesterday, that was not the focus of the column.

But today I woke up and thought, one of the exhibitions I visited was so exceptional, I had to find a way to share it with you. Which one? To surprise of the many readers who know me and know that I could never be mistaken for a “fashionista,” it was this one, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at the Brooklyn Museum. Why was it exceptional? Not simply because the House of Dior is one of the premiere fashion houses in the world. Or because of Dior himself or because of the famous in their own right creative directors who succeeded him at the House of Dior, including Yves St. Laurent, Gianfranco Ferré, Marc Bohan, John Galliano, Raf Simons and the current creative director, Maria Grazia Chiurri. And not even because the results of the work at Dior, even to me, were and and continue to be stunning. But because the show itself, the presentation, the displays, the sense of history it portrayed was, frankly beyond description.

Since words cannot do this exhibition justice, here, from me to you, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, the Movie

I hope you enjoy this little filmed slideshow as much as I enjoyed attending the exhibition and creating the video.

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

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