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FROCKING LIFE - Searching For Elsa Schiaparelli by BILLBOY*


The highly personalized memoirs of BillyBoy* which start with the author's discovery, at age fourteen, of a hat by Schiaparelli in a Paris fleamarket. This somehow esoteric encounter of a an eccentric hat by Schiaparelli led her to become his life-long hero. From his childhood as an adopted orphan In New York and his teenagehood as a "Young Queen in Manhattan" to London and Paris, the author takes the reader in a metaphysical journey through Fashion and Art. Searching for Schiaparelli, truly indeed, meeting all kinds of people who had something to do or say about her, while creating his own artistic universe, BillyBoy* shares his vast knowledge of the subject and his own insights on the world of fashion, with this unequaled passion for the creative mind of Schiaparelli and the times she expressed so well. This passion definitely transformed his life and turned him into an expert of her history and without a doubt the biggest private collector of her creations. The book reads in two parts and can by carried anywhere. The "Sleeping Blue" color of the cover - another shade invented by the genius creator of the famous Shocking Pink - is a reference to the namesake "Sleeping de Schiaparelli" perfume bottle packaging. The tittle is a jeu de mots referring to her autobiography "Shocking Life".

Edited and with an introduction and drawings by Jean Pierre Lestrade, his life-long parter - Foreword by Jean L. Drusedow, Curator in chief of the Kent State University Museum, in Ohio, USA. Rizzoli Ex Libris, 384 pages / 8 pages photos. Available on Amazon.

SARARA COUTURE BLOG

Jewelry According to BillyBoy*: An Interview with the avid collector of Haute Couture Accessories and Creator Of Surreal Bijoux: SARARA COUTURE BLOG



ELLI MEDEIROS



Elli Medeiros started her career as the singer of the cult French punk band The Stinky Toys which she formed with guitarist and new wave dandy Jacno. After a successful carreer and a few good hits (Toi Mon Toit as a solo artist), Elli Medeiros has been exploring other expressions notably as a stylist.
A devoted supporter of the Palestinian cause, she has created a line of "balluchons" (bundle bags) whose sales go entirely to support families from Gaza in need, through the association Famille de Coeur. You can even choose your fabric to have it custom-made for you. A lovely and chic idea for a good cause. Don't spend your summer without the ELLI MEDEIROS balluchon!

BARBIE BY ANDY WARHOL


A full article on this amazing contemporary artwork, suggested to Andy Warhol by BillyBoy* . It is on MDVANII.CH

BISHOP'S REST - Bed and Breakfast in Jura Switzerland


Patrick O'Leary is a charming Australian-born Jura-based country gentleman who has created an absolutely wonderful Bed & Breakfast house. It is located in Courchavon, the first village after the city of Porrentruy in the direction of France, in a beautiful valley called L'Ajoie. This  B & B is THE place you dream to know, the ideal hide-out for all those who look for a peaceful, relaxing weekend or vacation in the countryside, with all the refinement and comfort of a country home. The rooms are lovely and sunny, exquisitely furnished with stylish furniture and antique decorative objects. The modern bathrooms are a dream to wake up to, there are two fully equiped kitchens...and even wi-fi! Everything is superbly clean and crisp, soothing and pleasant. The B & B is facing a big green field with a river, there are plenty of nice spots with tables and chairs to chill out at any time of the day. The French expression "se mettre au vert" has never been more appropriate. Absolutely gay-friendly too, which is always a plus, needless to say. You will adore it this place! Visit the site: www.bishopsrest.ch

SASHA DOLL - IDENTIFICATION SERIES


The latest book on the wonderful Sasha Dolls, by Susanna E. Lewis, with Ann Louise Chandler and Anne Wotaw. Everything you want to know about Sasha dolls by Sasha Morgenthaler. Including an article by BillyBoy* with original photos of some of his beloved Sasha dolls. 
160 pages, $50 available from Three Anns Publications. See article in Culture.

THE LALA HOUSE


This book is about a majestic 19th-century family doll's house, from BillyBoy*'s history which he named The Lala House, dedicated to his partner and now husband of 32 years, Jean Pierre Lestrade. Having been living with this house for several decades and with a never ending dedication, they've enjoyed it in so many ways and now wish to share it through this colourful book. It has been a source of great inspiration to them and now possibly to others. This is the first time in doll book history that an entire book is dedicated to a single doll's house.

You can order THE LALA HOUSE book directly from BLURB

LALA

Lala talks about his childhood, his early years in Paris as a songwriter/performer, his new wave band Lala et les Emotions, his encounter with BillyBoy*. It is on FIXE, the trendy blog and mag on creative people.

ROBERTO ROMANO


Very zen, a beautiful exhibition of black and white photography by Roberto Romano at Galerie Bovée, arcades de l'Hôtel de Ville in Delémont. 
More about Roberto Romano



DELEMONT, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire


Les causeries du musée… Each last saturday of the month, a specialist will présent to the public an artwork or an object from the collections of the museum, an occasion for the public to discover pieces which are not on permanent display. Free entrance. 
On Sunday, February 24th, 3 p.m, the artists BillyBoy* et Lala will present the artwork « Mdvanii Osmose », acrylic and silk screen,which they donated to the museum in 2011. Also featuring the video "Edie Superstar" in which this artwork is included.


PASCALE BOREL IN FIXE

French artist Pascale Borel, heavenly and born to beam, found her footing in the realm of cloud-nine pop. Dream-baby Mikado, formed with Russian-French artist Grégori Czerkinksy, became the turnstile for the duo’s sensationalistic styles we would come to find charmingly irresistible.
 

MDVANII SITE


Up-coming a brand new site devoted to Mdvanii and the artworks of BillyBoy* & Lala. It will include the full Mdvanii History from its creation in 1988 to today's MDVANIIISMS, with press archives. Also featuring the works of BillyBoy* (Surreal Couture, Mr Modern, paintings and drawings, Surreal Bijoux) and well as Lala's own works. In January 2013.

SASHA DOLLS


For the first time since 1999, new books on the famous Sasha Dolls created by Swiss artist Sasha Morgenthaler: full review by Ann Chandler in CULTURE. Also coming soon, a brand new Sasha article by BillyBoy* on this site.

PIERRE RUTSCHI, PHOTOGRAPHER


Pierre Rutschi is a contemporary Paris-based photographer whose work is devoted to the beauty of the African woman, an ode to exoticism and eroticism, soon featured on this site.

BILLYBOY* SURREAL BIJOUX


Fabulous Haute Couture Jewels, from the early Surreal Couture years by BillyBoy*, as early as 1975, to the latest 2012 creations by BillyBoy* & Lala.
You can join this group on Facebook, the best authorized source on these unique creations: https://www.facebook.com/groups/283463461935/

MDVANII SOCIETY


Do you want to be part of the selective Mdvanii Group on Facebook? You can always apply, maybe Mdvanii will accept you in.
Glamour, glamour, toujours! The universe of Mdvanii, Her Life and Times.

PRESIDENT OBAMA


BillyBoy* and Lala have created a new MDVANIIISM with a Pop Art-size medallion to support President Obama's declaration in favor of equal rights for marriage.
See full article in ART

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