Featuring calligraphic translations in 24K gold leaf channeling the memoirs of Miss Diana Vreeland (sourced from "DV.", edited by George Plimpton) —each of the seven cedar boards were stained red and lacquered in keeping with Miss Vreeland's brand.
The installation was one aspect of the Private Language exhibition presented at The Japan Foundation Toronto during the winter of 1999.
showing translation of the Vreeland quote and the initial calligraphy.
Ink on graph paper
11" x 8.5 inches
(Louis Réard, a French engineer, introduced a new minimalist swimsuit design in 1946 that for the first time revealed the woman's navel. He borrowed the name for his bikini design from the Bikini Atoll, where post-war testing on the atomic bomb had begun on July 1, 1946, and his name stuck in the public consciousness.)