[Exhibition catalogue: Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915.]
Enfilade editor Craig Hanson's post on LACMA's sumptuous new exhibition, Fashioning Fashion, was my first read this morning and now I want to help spread the word. With this show's focus on details -- intricately crafted trimmings, luxe textiles and sophisticated tailoring -- I think it will inspire interior designers as well as fashion people. Having just covered two distinct books by women with ties to both worlds -- Mary Randolph Carter is a longtime creative director for Ralph Lauren while interior designer Mary McDonald originally studied fashion at Parsons -- I've been thinking a lot about overlap between the two domains.
The thick, brush-like ostrich feather trim on the 1891 silk-embroidered evening mantle shown above reminds me of an embellishment Mary might used along the edge of a curtain or table skirt. But it also calls to mind the lush bits scattered throughout Daniela Kamiliotis' Connecticut studio. (Actually, the high neck makes me think of fine artist Elizabeth Turk and her marble collars, too.)
Fashioning Fashion highlights LACMA's internationally recognized collection of European men's, women's, and children's clothes and accessories. The exhibition centers on the period between 1700 to 1915 with emphasis on major changes in tastes and production. French couturier Aemile Pingat designed the opulent late-19th-century piece chosen for the catalogue cover. If you'd like to mark this in your calendar, the show continues through March 6, 2011.