Digging In

'Rubbing Shoulders' With Marc Rosen

October 6, 2016

Marc Rosen and Arlene Dahl with The Fairmont's Shane Krige and Diana Bulger (Photo by: Janet Donovan) Marc Rosen and Arlene Dahl with The Fairmont's Shane Krige and Diana Bulger

Marc Rosen thought he'd written his only book, Glamour Icons: Perfume Bottle Designs, which he has called "glass architecture," and something he knew a little something about having won the Fifi Award seven timess for his museum-worthy designs.

That is, until Pamela Fiori, former editor-in-chief of Town & Country magazine coaxed him into turning the fascinating stories he'd regalled countless friends with over the years into a full-length book, and even suggested its title,  Rubbing Shoulders.

Marc Rosen signs copies of his book (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Marc Rosen signs copies of his book

As a child, Rosen recalled his mother telling him always to stand up straight, "You have broad shoulders." Not so sure about their width, Rosen explained at a special party hosted by the Fairmont Hotel in Georgetown Wednesday evening, but confident that his beauty-driven life had brought him shoulder to shoulder with some of the world's most interesting people.  

From his early years, with 'shoulders to lean on' including antiques shop owner Mrs. Olin, to 'titled shoulders' Princess Grace of Monaco and Pope John Paul II, all of Rosen's recollections offer an intimate glimpse into fascinating lives. 

Arlene Dahl with her daughter Christina Carole Holmes and grandchildren (Photo by: Janet Donovan) Arlene Dahl with her daughter Christina Carole Holmes and grandchildren

The charming, photo-filled memoir includes anecdotes about a bevy of glamorous film stars, including the author's wife of 30 years, Arlene Dahl. Meeting her at 26 while he was a package designer, "the girl for whom Technicolor was invented," Rosen was immediately smitten. Soon, he had designed a round bottle for her perfume 'Dahlia,' one with "a raised diamond pattern that suggests the petals of a dahlia blossom in an abstract way." 

Friends gathered over cocktails, a sumptuous buffet and passed hors d'oevres as only The Fairmont can do. Rubbing shoulders with Rosen's family capped a delighful evening of reminiscences for all.

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'Four Seasons' at Hillwood

August 28, 2016

The lush foliage, colorful blooms, and vegetation native to each of the seasons are spectacularly transformed into four larger-than-life, three-dimensional portrait busts for the special exhibition Four Seasons, on view at Hillwood from October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017.

Arcimboldo's Spring (Photo by: hillwoodmuseum.org) Arcimboldo's Spring


Contemporary American artist and filmmaker Philip Haas’s fifteen-foot high fiberglass sculptures are inspired by the series, The Seasons,by Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526-1593). This unusual series represents each season through the depiction of a portrait rendered in botanical materials such as flowers, fruits, vegetables, and branches. Haas’s re-creations transform these intriguing works, enlarging the scale, altering the materials, and adding dimensionality to shed a contemporary perspective on the popular paintings. Four Seasons represents the third contemporary art exhibition at Hillwood, following the notable presentations of works by Eva Zeisel in 2005 and Isabelle de Borchgrave in 2012. It is the first time Hillwood has presented an installation of art in the gardens.


The fantastical seasons will emerge from the ellipse lawn at Hillwood, encircled by flowers, shrubs, and verdant woodlands. Viewers will be invited to explore the intricate details of the sculptures from all angles, discovering the previously unseen sides of Arcimboldo’s two-dimensional interpretations. The installation will weather the changing seasons, as the surrounding gardens transition from late summer, through fall, winter, and into early spring.

Haas's Spring (Photo by: hillwoodmuseum.org) Haas's Spring


Giuseppe Arcimboldo was a Renassiance painter, born in Milan, who likely studied the works of Leonardo Da Vinci before he left Italy to paint for the imperial courts of the Habsburg rulers in Vienna and Prague. During the reign of Austria’s Emperor Maximilian II, Arcimboldo created the series The Seasons, comprising Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The portraits, painted in 1563, depict faces composed of plants associated with each season. Rosebuds form the lips of Spring, while a ripe peach stands in for a plump cheek on Summer. The portraits also represent the ages that are often linked with each season of the year. Spring is a youthful face crafted from flower blossoms and lush greenery. A wizened old man’s face, constructed out of twisted tree branches, is the subject of Winter. The strange series was greatly appreciated for its humor as much as for the artist’s technical skill, and the paintings became quite popular in the Habsburg court.


Click here for tickets to November 7 illustrated talk with artist Philip Haas.


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Daybreaker DC Presents Swedish Invasion Aug. 24

August 7, 2016

Daybreaker DC returns to Georgetown in their final event of the summer - Swedish Invasion August 24, 2016.


Daybreaker is staging a morning love-invasion of Embassy of Sweden - the stunning modern palace on the Georgetown Waterfront. 


Daybreaker's Swedish Invasion will showcase the best that Scandinavia has to offer. The event will take place alongside an exhibit highlighting the life and career of a legendary Swedish ballet choreographer and director, Mats Ek, and feature a Swedish DJ to set the mood. 


Come get your dance and culture on! Enjoy free coffee, healthy juices & breakfast treats, dance your face off before work, and feel gloriously healthy while doing so!  



Yoga 6:00 - 7:00 am

Dance Party 7:00 - 9:00 am


Yoga + Dance 6:00 - 9:00 am: $35

Early Bird: Just Dance 7:00 - 9:00 am: $20

Just Dance 7:00 - 9:00 am: $25

3+ Group Discount: $18.44


Contact Jenny Mahlqvist for more information: 202.467.2643 or jenny.mahlqvist@gove.se


Embassy of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street in Georgetown

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