[A little early spring breeze under linen.]
Tracking sources of inspiration: Curator Sharon Takeda, head of LACMA's Costume and Textiles department, talks about the importance of ornament in Kuba culture and describes how motorcycle tire treads were a springboard for one pattern. See the video here.
[Stills: left, a detail view, Kuba cloth from LACMA's collection; at right, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.]
Soon to open at the de Young is Balenciaga and Spain, an exhibition curated by Vogue's European editor at large, Hamish Bowles. Catalogues are available here, and a related symposium featuring Bowles along with three other world-renown costume scholars -- Miren Arzalluz, Lourdes Font, and Pamela Golbin -- is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 26.
And time is running out to catch Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915. The exhibition explores changes in lux textiles over roughly two centuries and remains on view in L.A. through March 27. Click here to see Vogue's behind-the-scenes shoot.
[Design B53, by Sonia Delaunay (French, born Russia, 1885–1979)
France, 1924, Gouache on paper, Private collection © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623
Photo: © private collection.]
Lastly, over at the Times, Roberta Smith has a great review of the Delaunay show.
Reminders: African textile shows debuting in 2011 include Global Patterns: Dress and Textiles in Africa -- opening at MFA, Boston, in April, and Weaving Abstraction: Kuba Textiles and the Woven Art of Central Africa set to open at The Textile Museum in October.