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This article incorrectly says that New York magazine's Look Book feature was inspired by the Sartorialist blog. Look Book was launched first, in October 2004.

The Sartorialist: Candid Couture

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By Lavanya Ramanathan
Friday, March 14, 2008

Tomorrow, Adamson Gallery will open a show spotlighting the photography of longtime fashion insider/blogger Scott Schuman, a.k.a. The Sartorialist.

Fashionable people -- and their close cousins, voyeurs -- pant at the mere mention of Schuman's Sartorialist blog, which since 2005 has been capturing the beautiful "real" people dressed to the nines in the world's most beautiful cities: first New York, then Paris, Milan, Stockholm. This week, Schuman is in lovely New Delhi.

Schuman takes the snapshots (and they are snapshots, since he stalks his prey a bit, and then photographs them pretty much where he found them) and posts several a day on the blog, http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com, making note of the place.

And there really is something about seeing a preternaturally fashionable shopgirl meekly smoking in the street, or a dandy on his way to work. With names such as "On the Street . . . The Charmer, part 2" and "On the Street . . . Greys Like a Fog, Pitti Uomo," the images prove that fashion translates to the streets (though, admittedly, there are many editors and fashion-business types, since Schuman often will photograph the streets around fashion shows).

The blog can reach 70,000 hits a day, and certainly there is no shortage of features inspired by it (see The Post's own "The Look" column in Sunday Source and New York magazine's Look Book).

The exhibition, which will feature about 45 of Schuman's color photographs directly from the blog, arrives in Washington after a stint at New York's Danzinger Projects gallery. Adamson often trades shows with Danzinger, so that's how the exhibition came to land here, in the city not exactly known for fashionable people.

If you're just dying to meet Schuman, he will visit the gallery for a separate opening next week.

Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. tomorrow; opening with Schuman, Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Adamson Gallery, 1515 14th St. NW, Suite 202. 202-232-0707.

Save the Date

CONCERT: Kimya Dawson Returns Dawson, a central member of the somewhat deceased minimalist indie band the Moldy Peaches (they toured with the Strokes at the peak of their popularity in 2001, then pretty much petered out out by 2004), came back into the spotlight with the "Juno" soundtrack; the Peaches' song that got the most play in that film was "Anyone Else but You." She visited Washington in January for a hushed free show at an Adams Morgan record store, and of course the line extended to the end of the block. Now, those of you who didn't feel like waiting outside in 30-degree weather have a second chance: Dawson plays the Black Cat on April 3. $14; $12 in advance. (Our guess: Though J. Freedom du Lac will probably not be in attendance, this will probably sell out, so get tickets in advance.) 8 p.m. 1811 14th St. NW. 202-397-7328.

LITERATURE: Split This Rock Poetry Festival The inaugural festival, which takes its name from a verse by Langston Hughes, features poetry readings (by Carolyn Forch¿, Dennis Brutus, Belle Waring and many others), panels, walking tours ("the 'Harlem' Renaissance in Washington" is among the offerings) and short films, all intended to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war. The festival, sponsored by Busboys and Poets, D.C. Poets Against the War, Massey Media and others, runs March 20-23. Full festival registration, $75 through tomorrow, then it goes up to $85; students $40, then $50. Registration for March 21 or March 22 only is $25. Individual events, $5-$8. Various locations around U Street NW. Visit http://www.splitthisrock.org.

THE SCENE: Peaches O' Dell and Her Orchestra The over-the-top swing band, which regularly rings in the New Year in decadent fashion at the Black Cat, will bring in spring in a performance at the Saturday night swing dance night at Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom March 29. $13. Lesson from 8 to 9, dancing from 9 to midnight. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2222.


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