Rodarte’s Fra Angelico

by Farra

This weekend, my mom and I spent a wonderful mother/daughter day together.  We started at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to see Rodarte‘s Fra Angelico Collection (Spring-Summer 2012), which, if you are in LA or will be before February 5th when it leaves, I highly recommend you go see.  It’s truly a can’t-miss.

I was bummed that this exhibit was the only one in the museum where you couldn’t take pictures, but I don’t even think photographs would do these gorgeous gowns justice.  As exemplified by the mint green number above, the collection is comprised of couture pleated column dresses in cheery sherbet hues, adorned with feathers, sequins, custom silk flowers, and Swarovski crystals.  “Hand-forged gold metallic accessories such as a headpiece, breastplate, and belts dramatically complete the look of several key gowns.”  All of the dresses in the collection are beautiful, sculptural works of art that were “inspired by Italian art, specifically the Renaissance frescoes in the monastery of San Marco by Fra Angelico in Florence, Italy, as well as the Baroque sculpture, Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680) in Rome.”  For more on the exhibit and information such as museum hours and ticket prices, click here.

We ended up wandering around the rest of LACMA and saw another cool exhibit, California Design, before our hunger took over.  We then went to lunch at Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills.  I had never been and was pleasantly surprised by the glam yet tasteful décor and delicious food, although the service left something to be desired.

We had peach bellinis and split everything: those incredible lobster tacos you see above, spicy tuna over crispy rice (my fave), and a great grilled chicken salad.  I’m still full just thinking about it.  Taking the slow service out of the equation, it was an overall great meal.  And the Real Housewives addict in me was SO excited when we saw Lisa, Ken, and Jiggy as we were leaving.

We finished the day with just a little bit of shopping.  I usually like to be lazy and stay super casual on Sundays, but mother/daughter day at the museum so fun, and I can’t wait to use our new LACMA yearly membership and do it again.

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