I think it’s safe to say that September is amongst my favourite months of the year. As a kid, I was always very excited for back to school (I
was am a bit of a keener, could you tell?) and especially loved getting to pick out a few new sweaters – sweater weather is the best, and late September here in Canada is usually a lovely mix of warm sun and chilly breezes.
As an adult, the thrill hasn’t worn off, and I’ve got my sights set on filling my Dream Month with a mix of fashion, history and music – and let’s not forget a dash of girl power.
DC Fashion Week
September 23rd – 29th, 2013
Photo Corjor International
For a museum buff like me, having never been to D.C. is a bit of a crime. And while I’d love to dedicate a trip this month to the Smithsonian, instead, I think it’d be a lot of fun to see what DC Fashion Week is all about. Yes, September brings the start of the shows in New York, Milan and London – but supporting smaller fashion week events is an important part in encouraging young design talents – who knows which of them will one day end up in ‘the big leagues’?
Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John. F. Kennedy
Dallas Museum of Art
Until September 15th, 2013
Photo from JFK Library, Dallas Motorcade
I’ve never been to The Big D – but I’ve heard good things (and seen just how stylish it can be thanks to Law of Fashion‘s recent relocation) and in my Dream September would like to explore the Dallas Museum of Art, and their exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s death. Not simply a collection of works evocative of the President, these are the actual paintings that were curated to decorate the Kennedy’s rooms at the Hotel Texas during their stay in November 1963.
Des femmes au Panthéon – Colette
September 24th, 2013
Photo from WikiMedia
Of the 75 individuals interred in the Panthéon (the ultimate in recognition for contribution to the French Republic) – there are only 2 women. Marie Curie and Sophie Berthelot (and the latter is mainly honoured due to her husband). While not open for formal acceptance into the Panthéon, there are many female authors who have made a mark in French culture, and the Comedie Francaise is holding a series of lectures to share the accomplishments of these women. Held at the Panthéon itself, I’m eager to attend the lecture on writer Colette – and the joy of this Dream Month – I’ll actually be in Paris to attend!
Lakmé – Opera de Montreal
September 21st, 24th, 26th & 28th
Photo from Opera de Montréal
Of course, the downside to being in Paris and attending lectures at the Panthéon (yes, there actually is a downside to that…) is that I’ll have to miss the Opera de Montréal’s production of Lakmé back at home. As evidenced by the promotional image above, the Montreal opera productions are quite stylish, and in my Dream Month I’d have the chance to see how such a classic opera is transformed into ‘a sparkling production, bathed in the colours of Bollywood’. Chances are, even if the opera isn’t ringing any bells, you’ll recognize the Flower Duet.
Where in the world do you want to be in your Dream September? Which concerts, exhibits or festivals have caught your eye? Any tips on things to check out while I’m in Paris?