Party in a Color Haze by Cody Choi

Party in a Color Haze by Cody Choi

Korean artist Cody Choi created an installation named Color Haze. We, at Mmi Berlin, saw it at the Venice Biennale in 2017, and it brightened our day, nee: our week (and maybe this entire month)

Party in a Color Haze by Cody Choi

(Republic of) Korea Pavillion at Giardini: Counterbalance: The Stone and the Mountain by Cody Choi, Lee Wan. Commissioned by the Arts Council Korea. Curated by Daehyung Lee.

Unfortunately we had a shitty camera; but you get the idea, hopefully.
Find more images of the Korean Pavillion HERE on Riccardo Tosetto’s site

You can visit our YouTube Channel for more art we have seen in Venice.

Find out what you should know about the Korean Pavillion at Giardini di biennale HERE

Intuiition at Palazzo Fortuny

Intuiition at Palazzo Fortuny

During the Venice Biennalle  there is more to see than the art exhibited at the Arsenale exhibition spaces and Giardini della Biennale. For instance, at Palazzo Fortuny the exhibition Intuiition can be seen. It’s a collection of historic, modern and contemporary works, related to the concept of intuition, dreams, telepathy, paranormal fantasy, meditation, creative power, hypnosis and inspiration. Intuition is the last in a series of 4 exhibitions at the Palazzo Fortuny cocurated by Axel Vervoordt and Fortuny museum director Daniela Ferretti.

Similar to the The boat is leaking. The captain lied. exhibition at Fondazione Prada held in another Palazzo in Venice downtown, the Intuiition exhibition also took us on a tour throughout the 3 stories high building. Each floor is transformed into something one would call an installation: each floor set in a different atmosphere, nice!

You can visit Intuiition through 26 November 2017

Find out what you should know about Intuiition HERE at

The Summer in Venice 2017/L’estate a Venezia 2017

The Summer in Venice 2017/L’estate a Venezia 2017

Mrs and Mrs J. went to Venice, Italy last week and took some pictures for us: The visits to these exhibitions at the biennale was part of their 2017 summer in Venice/Era parte della loro estate di 2017 a Venezia.

Thank You Mr & Mrs J.!

(All Images by Mrs & Mrs J. taken at:) Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi: Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable by Damien Hirst. At the Intuition exhibition at  Palazzo Fortuny. The Glass: Ettore Sottsass the exhibition at Le Stanze del Vetro. Some pictures were taken at a Pavillion but they can’t remember which one…..

view images taken at Venice Beach, USA here on mimi berlin’s blog

MoBA 13 / NRC Handelsblad

In March 2013 Newspaper NRC Handelsblad presented a contest: design an apron. Today we attended the opening of the exhibition showing the best results of this contest. A professional jury, Lidewij Edelkoort, Joyce Roodnat, Klaas Gubbels, Hanneke van Zuthem and Milou van Rossum, selected 70 aprons (out of more than 400) to be on show at the Hemelrijk passage in Arnhem (daily from 11:00/18:00) during the MoBA 13 event in Arnhem. Read about the contest on NRC fashionblog (in Dutch)schort_nrc-1
Milou van Rossum, fashion journalist at NRC Handelsblad was present to open the exhibition.

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The 6 winning aprons of the NRC Handelsblad contest are on show at the St. Eusebius Church in Arnhem.
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(photocredits: Mimi Berlin)
See more of the Make Believe exhibition at the St. Eusebius Church
Read more of the Obsession exhibition at the historic cellars of Arnhem

Rüpert’s must-see of the month: MoBA 13

Moba 13 arnhemThe fifth edition of MoBA started last weekend. MoBA stands for Mode Biënnale Arnhem. It is the biggest cultural fashion event in the world, which takes place in Arnhem. This edition Lidewij Edelkoort, world famous trend forecaster, debuts as head curator and I have to say she did a marvelous job. Despite all shallow financial resources and troubles in the board, she managed to put out a exhibition that is worth going to. A Must see!

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Chin-Chin, Rüpert.
(Photocredits Rüpert von Rom)


Lidewij Edelkoort, trendwatcher extraordinaire, recently presented her thoughts on the upcoming fashion biennale (Moba 13). Ms Edelkoort is the curator of this Biënnale held in Arnhem, The Netherlands, she chose the provocative and evocative theme of: “Fetishism in Fashion”. Amongst many other ideas she told us about the apron, or rather; the secret of the apron. According to Ms Edelkoort its the superior fetish garment. Interesting! 

1971, movie poster Wat zien ik aka
Business Is Business (via movieposterdb)We are aware of the fact that people like to dress up in an apron to clean the room bare-assed with a plumeau, or something like that. We understand it origins seen in a psychological perspective, but fashion wise? Being a bit on the prudent side, we never thought of the apron that way. As always we like to dig (a little bit) deeper, we found vintage sewing patterns to check on how the apron evolved into the cliché sex-garment. Please have a look at what we came up with, what do you think?

First part of the 20th century

Pictorial Review. Minute Maid Apron. ca. 1920s; This apron is as demure & dainty as a “minute maid”, yet it is large enough to be thoroughly pracitcal. Pleats, stitched down to give a trim effect about the hips & across the front, are released halfway down, rippling out into a pert flare. Patch pockets are cleverly fitted in between the pleats. Tie strings fasten the apron at the back. (no date – no pattern number.) (via vintagepatters)

Sewing Pattern Ladies Dress and Apron 1930’s DuBarry 1431B Bust 36 (via)

Advance 4312 – 1940s Bib Apron Set – Scallops and Chevrons (via serendipityvintage)

Simplicity 4585 Vintage 1940s Misses’ and Women’s Apron: The top edge is softly gathered to yoke and tie ends. A convenient patch pocket trims the right front side. Style I is without the bib and is trimmed with rick-rack at the lower edge. A dainty print with a bordered-edge brightens Style II. the suspenders of Style III are finished with a ruffle. (via)

1950s Apron Pattern by Advance (via tangerine boutique)

Suitable for decorative stitching
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Vintage sewing pattern: 1950s hostess blouse and apron (via)

Okay, here’s what we think, it isn’t that hard to figure out; in the twenties it started already, women were to entertain the husband. Hard, manual labor was done by the hired staff so the lady of the house could wear a “demure & dainty” apron. In the 1940’s the larger Bib Apron, similar to the apron worn by little girls in the 1900s, (think Little house on the prairie) was very popular.Fabric was less available due to WWIIso daytime dresses had to be well protected. In the 1950’s the invention of several home appliances, like washing machines, made house chores even more easy for women. Entrez the Hostess apron (or Cocktail or Party apron) unsuitable for work and put on for show only. We think the fifties were the heyday of the apron. In this era they became really sexy (but that’s only our opinion, based on these sewing patterns, which are leftovers because they are all still for sale)

More useful aprons called Cobbler aprons were available as well in the fifties. They had large pockets to store your garden tools or pots in.

1950’s Advance 5992 Vintage Sewing Pattern American Designer Jeanne Campbell Blouse: Wrap halter apron dress. Capri pants. Long or three-quarter sleeve blouse. From the New York Times Designer Series; designer Jeanne Campbell.

Butterick 7960 Vintage Pattern Swirl Like Back Button Large Pockets Coverall Dress Apron Bust 36 (via damngoodvintage)

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Simplicity Pattern 4492 Vintage 50s Cobbler Apron, Half Apron and Potholder + Poppy Transfer, dated 1953. This includes; “Simple to Make” cobbler apron features pockets at lower edge. Tie ends of View 1 and 2 are sewn into front darts. Bias trims scoop neckline, armhole, pocket and back closing edges, View 1. View 2 has higher neckline. Applique and embroidery detail pockets and pot holder. When apron is made of net, waistband, tie ends and trim may be of satin ribbon. (via vintagepatterns)

Moving on to the second part of the 20th century

Aprons for entertaining purposes only

Simplicity Pattern 6809 Vintage 60s Misses Aprons – Fabric or Vinyl, dated 1966. This includes; Misses’ Aprons: The apron V. 1 with tie ends stitched in front darts has pockets, lowered round neckline and back button closing. Apron V. 2 made of transparent or coated vinyl fabrics as well as other fabrics has back button closing, square pockets, armholes and neckline finished with grosgrain ribbon. (via vintagepatters)

Simplicity 5097; ©1972; Mens’s and Misses’ Set of Aprons (Transfer for Appliques Included): The men’s apron V. 1 and 2 with self fabric tie ends and neck strap has cobbler type pocket encased in fold over braid and trimmed with applique. V. 1 has breast pocket. V. 2 has contrasting pocket. The misses’ apron V. 3 and 4 gathered to waistband has self fabric tie ends. Short apron V. 3 has contrasting cobbler type pocket encased in fold over braid and trimmed with applique. Long apron V. 4 with self fabric bib and buttoned suspenders is trimmed with rick-rack, embroidered braid, or ribbon and crochet type lace insertion. (via vintagepatterns)

Less sewing patterns for aprons were made in the sixtiesand zeventies. In the 1970s the apron was more a romantic, ruffled dress than anything else. (again, think Little house on the prairie) The pattern above also includes the apron for men; the plastic, quirky ones like we have today, available mostly in gadget stores and worn by women as well.

Your f
etish out in the open
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Macho man apron (via drinkstuff)