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Fashion Off the 405, Weekender Edition

We look good on the weekends—thanks to you, our stylish visitors

Weekends at the Getty are all about family, friends, and fun. Some travel from afar, checking the Getty Center off their “Things to Do in LA” lists, and locals drop by for a weekend staycation.

This past weekend, at the last Garden Concert of our summer series for kids, the sun was shining brightly and the Central Gardens seemed especially vibrant. The landscape was absolutely picturesque, as were our weekend visitors.

These weekenders were dressed head-to-toe in happiness, accessorized with smiles and laughs. Check out some of my favorite moments and looks that embody that feeling of weekend wanderlust.

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More pix: Fashion Off the 405 on Flickr.

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      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

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