Fashion & Art

Isabelle de Borchgrave DressOne of the downsides to living in Denver (and there aren't many) is the dearth of fashion.  As I've mentioned before, people here love their jeans, Patagonia fleeces and comfortable shoes.  Don't get me wrong - I do, too! - but occasionally I want to put one of the many dresses in my closet to good use without feeling out of place.

I get my occasional fashion fix mostly from reading magazines, but I might have to sneak in a visit to a bigger city to see one of these fashion art exhibits in the next few months. 

The artist at work on a piece based on Massimo Stanzione’s Woman in Neapolitan Costume, 2010. Photo courtesy Créations Isabelle de BorchgraveFirst is Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave at the Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco (through June 5, 2011).  You can learn more about the artist on her webpage or watch a video about the exhibit here, but just a few details... Ms. de Borchgrave creates elaborate versions of historical costumes out of paper.  The dress shown below is a graphic-print grown based on an 1898 Charles Frederick Worth design.

Another exhibit on my radar is the Roberto Capucci exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from March 16th through June 5th.  Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion features over 80 works by the artist, including this fabulous (and bright!) gown at right.  Capucci is an Italian designer known for the sculpted form of his gowns and his use of original materialsA Capucci Gown

Finally, there is the Sonia Delaunay exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt museum in New York through June 5th (what is with June 5th being the last day for exhibits, by the way?).  The exhibit focuses on designs from the artist's own atelier in Paris and textiles designed for the Metz & Co. department store in Amsterdam in the 1930s.  A review of the exhibit from the NY Times is available here.  And for an informative obituary about her, check out this website.

Sonia Delaunay