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

5.05.2013

Petal to the Metal

[Panel of silk crêpe with typical large-scale motif designed by 
Michel Dubost for Atelier Ducharne, Paris, circa 1925. V & A collection.] 

Continuing our look at the 1920s aesthetic, here's an example of the era's affinity for metallics, specifically soft silver. (The V & A points out that Egyptologist Howard Carter's 1922 discovery of King Tut’s tomb seemed to popularize, back in the West, all things gilt.) This bold, stylized blossom with leaves -- a rather fresh, modern take on the floral theme -- by professor and textile designer Michel Dubost shows the type of work he was doing for silk specialist Atelier Ducharne, based then in Paris' artistic quarter, Montmartre. At the Atelier, young women and men lacking textile experience had an opportunity to receive training.


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