Style Court

Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

3.17.2013

Blue and White

[Rodarte spring 2011 via Vogue. Photo by Marcio Madeira/ firstVIEW.]

We've already looked at the Rodarte Ming dress in the MFA Boston's permanent collection (it's currently on view along with these carved heels in New Blue and White) but here's a detail of another piece from the past spring line. Inspired by Chinese porcelain, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the designing duo that is Rodarte, created their own blue-and-white silk organza print. However it wasn't just the fabric that recalled centuries-old ceramics, the silhouettes of the dresses suggested Chinese vases too.

Some of the offerings in Sotheby's upcoming Asia week sale help illustrate the point.


Underglaze blue Kangxi period vase.

Blue-and-white double-gouard. Jiajing mark and period.

17th-century brushpot. Transitional period.


Qing dynasty vase. Kangxi period.


A much more budget-friendly contemporary take via Ben Pentreath.

Btw, on Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m., Wendy Dodek will speak at the MFA in conjunction with New Blue and White. Her talk will be about the celestial blues in Kondo Takahir's work.

1 comment:

basic white dress said...

Nactional style. It is very nice.and I love it so much.