Can I first talk about this dress? Modcloth was having their Stylish Surprise sale, in which you specify your size, and they send a random article of clothing. For $10 you could get something that was $40 or $200. Of coarse you have little say in what you get. They do this to get rid of unsellable clothes that aren’t damaged but have been returned after being taken down from the site. In the past I have gotten this sailor dress, which I wear often, but isn’t something I loved (it’s just practical). I also got a cardigan which is snuggly, but no good for my overheated apartment. I still get excited and I get one article of clothing each time they have the sale. I keep hoping I will get one of the more expensive dresses.
This time I opened the box and saw the big beautiful Bea & Dot label. I knew I struck gold. This dress isn’t sold anymore by the label, but I still managed to find which dress it was- Technical Writer Dress. It is really amazing. The fabric is thick and great quality. The dress is lined and fitted with pockets. And my favorite part of the dress is that it has fake buttons in the front. As a chesty girl, I usually tug at my buttons try to avoid pulling. No need for this dress.
Sadly I didn’t think about how everyone was going to take advantage of such a nice day. We took our time getting our morning errands done first and went out at our own leisure. The place was packed. A line went out door and down some of the steps. Luckily, we got to cut the line with our membership. The Korea exhibit naturally was pretty crowded but thinned out as we walked through the exhibit. (I think we just had the misfortune of coming in with several large families, which walked through faster than we did)
I would highly recommend going to see it if you live in the Philadelphia area. The range of items featured is huge. There are screens, painting, clothing, furniture, books, pottery, hair pins, and more. It gave a pretty good idea of range of art that Korea is known for. The emphasis is on the art of Korea before it took a lot of influence from the outside world. The gallery closes with pieces made around 1880-1920s as Korea implemented more foreign influences in their art.
But I will have to say the most impressive piece is this big buddha. It is in the main entrance since it is so big. Funny thing is a few months earlier Jon and I noticed they had the walkway half closed off, and under construction. We assumed that they were doing upkeep on the statue that sits there, but they were setting this up.
Before we left I told Jon that I wanted to get a better look at the scroll and started to walk up the stairs, I quickly figured out that it wasn’t possible. It is just too big. To put in perspective how big it is, look at the columns on the side. On this level there are medieval tapestries that hang, which hang almost from ceiling to floor. The Buddha is probably doubled the size. Supposedly this is the largest scroll of Buddha in Korea, and it is the first time it has been brought outside of the country. So I am very glad I was able to see it.