[Clockwise from the right: detail, Trina Turk's water-y striped Essential Tote; a page from the March 2011 Bazaar; a terrific painterly ad for Hermes' Bleus d’Ailleurs porcelain; and from Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay, Tissue simultané no. 205, France 1927, Block-printed cotton. Musée de l’Impression sur Étoffes, Mulhouse.]
First, a disclaimer: I wasn't planning to post today. Other projects need tending to. But my Color Moves exhibition catalogue came in the mail, and doing the initial flip through, I was struck by how really of-the-moment Delaunay's fabrics appear. Cooper-Hewitt textile conservator Sarah Scaturro covered this back in February. Still, I saw more connections than I anticipated.
Maybe in the next few weeks I'll copy Mrs. Blandings and do some sort of pop quiz: juxtapose an unlabeled Delaunay print with a contemporary fabric and ask which one is which. For now, here is a timely blue-green mix. Without reading the credits, can you spot the 1920s piece? (Please click the image to enlarge and see the details.)