What exactly is Le Musée de la Main?

Over his years of medical service, Verdan collected hundreds of items related to hands. These items included paintings, sculptures, tools, and hand-related writing. This gave Verdan the idea to open a museum, thus he started his foundation in 1981. The first exhibition took place at the Musée de l'Elysée. However, the foundation struggled for over 16 years to find a permanent location for the museum. Eventually, after some help from Verdan’s good friend Maurice Muller, Le Musee de la Main was established in 1997.

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Find your good luck with Ellen Weinstein's recipes

The hand illustration is from Coco Chanel. French clothing designer and icon Gabrielle Chanel was deeply superstitious. She was informed by a fortune teller that her lucky number was 5 and she named her signature fragrance accordingly. She presented her collections on the fifth day of May (the fifth month) for good luck.

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Understanding the Handshake

The handshake was depicted for one of the first times in a ninth century BC relief, and in early literature by poet Homer, who spoke of the action in Iliad and Odyssey. These early indications were using handshakes to speak of pledges and displays of trust. Similarly, in ancient Rome, the handshake was a symbol of friendship and loyalty, and on gravestones was used to make the eternal bond between the living and the dead. 

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Nail Art: Symbols, Trends and Artistic Connections

Many people may think of painting their nails or going to get their nails done as just a way to pass the time or to add a pop of color to otherwise monotone hands.  But when you put the time in to have your nails done by a professional artist, someone who values and respects their craft and offers you an artistic gift, you will soon see it is far more in-depth than simply choosing from the season’s top colors.

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Murano - Venetian Handcrafting

Glass blowing artisans may use modernized tools today, but the essence of working with glass remains an ancient art. The technique can be traced back to 3500 BC in Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq). Throughout history, the basic knowledge and techniques of glass blowing have been highly coveted, and at times, held sacred by only a select few.

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Azzedine Alaïa’s Magical Touch

The Tunisian-born couturier Azzedine Alaïa enjoyed his role as an outsider in the world of fashion.

Always dressed in a uniform of black, he ignored the strict fashion calendar of seasonal collections while tirelessly upholding the traditions of haute couture. From his first show in the late 1970’s to the last one just before his death in 2017, Alaïa’s work has always generated excitement and respect.

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Pedro Friedeberg & His Hand Chair

Pietro Enrico Hoffman Landesman (as was his given name) or as he was later known as Pedro Friedeberg, was born in Italy in 1936 to German-Jewish parents. At the age of three, Pietro and his recently divorced mother fled Italy at the onset of the Second World War and settled in Mexico. 

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Pasionaria : Joana Uchôa

An old used up shirt covered in stains belonging to her father was the spark that lit the fire to Joana Uchôa’s creativity. She went out to buy fabric paint and reveled at customizing the shirt by covering the stains.

Since that moment, Joana has spent time browsing through thrift shops searching for the pieces of clothing that inspire her to develop her customized styling and hand patterns.

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Native American's Hand Concept

The highly complex Native American Indian culture was based on a religion dominated by rituals and spiritual connection with nature.

Several beliefs were illustrated in various symbols such as the Hand symbol. Their clothes, tepees and most of their belongings were decorated with these symbols depicting their achievements.

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Schiaparelli's Hand

Elsa Schiaparelli was one of the world's leading fashion designers in the 1920s and ‘30s.

Born in Rome in 1890, she lived in London & NY and moved to Paris after her divorce, where she continued her work in the fashion industry. She soon began designing clothes of her own, and in 1927, opened her own business.

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Hold My Hand

I don’t remember his nice words or the compliments he gave me, nor do I remember his flirty texts, his Instagram likes or the roses he sent. But, I do remember the first time his hand brushed my cheek, the first time our hands touched ; the first time he held my hand through my pain. I also remember the first time his hands yelled at me ; the first time his hands cheated on me ; and, the first time his hands stopped loving me.

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Hands In Fashion

Hands seem to inevitably appear as elements of garments in the world of fashion. Either delicately as a highlight or hauntingly as in the Maison Martin Margiela 1988 bustier constructed from gloves. The hand is a regular feature in many collections. 

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