Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Body = Canvas, Fashion = Art

Tomorrow, I’m slipping away for the day to New York City for divine inspiration. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum are featuring related exhibitions on American fashion and the evolution of the modern American woman. The body as canvas, fashion as art, according to the advertisement.

American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection, at the Brooklyn Museum, features the first generation of American {women} designers and the French designers who influenced them.

And at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it is the exhibition, American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity. From the website . . . "Focusing on archetypes of American femininity through dress, the exhibition reveals how the American woman initiated style revolutions that mirrored her social, political, and sexual emancipation. 'Gibson Girls,' 'Bohemians,' and 'Screen Sirens,' among others, helped lay the foundation for today's American woman."

Dresses ... sketches ... shoes to feed my soul and imagination. Plus a special treat -- a visit with my dearest Tessa and baby Claire. Oooh la la!

Where are you finding inspiration?

Photo: Charles James (American, born England, 1906–1978). "Tree" Evening Dress (detail), 1955. Rose pink silk taffeta; white silk satin; red, pink and white tulle. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., 1981 (2009.300.991)

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