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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Almost Famous Blues

[All images are my own screengrabs except for the picture of Russell and Penny on the bus, which is via Tumblr.]

Most of the events in Cameron Crowe's critically acclaimed Almost Famous seem to take place during spring, but the film's summery, we're-not-in-school feel makes me want to re-watch it this time of year. And, visually, I associate it with cool blues. Not that blue dominates each scene as it does, in say, Thelma & Louise. Still, the blues -- from ever-present soft denim to cobalt -- are a memorable part of the movie.

In tribute, a sea of blue:

California-based French General's linen-cottons, including Aviary Toile in La Mer along with new stripes and solids in shades like Gaillac Indigo, Cassis La Mer, and Biarritz Indigo, evoke the mellow blues of the band's and fans' chambray shirts and jeans.

North Carolina-based Parlor Textiles' Medallion in Airy Blue, also wonderfully laid-back, is a hemp-organic-cotton blend.

Then there's venerable Bennison's Matisse. This pattern vaguely resembles a bedspread in one of the hotel rooms where lead character William lands. (Click here to see a blue-and-white textile from Matisse's own collection.)

[19th-century Chinese embroidered silk-satin via Marla Mallett.]

Asian silks suggest Penny Lane's dress at the Plaza.

In conjunction with the V & A's current exhibition, David Bowie Is, a Worn by David Bowie boot magnet can be found at the Museum's shop.

Anthro's Gamma journal is a nod to the graphics of the 70s airline, while the deep-blue African magnifying glass makes me think of Penny's kitchen walls and her interest in jetting off to Morocco (technically, this item is from the Congo).

Maybe after Morocco, Penny kept on traveling -- visiting other places that could inspire textile designer Carolina Irving. Here's Irving's Zig Zag in Nile...

and Siam in Ink.

For more blue textiles, specifically Japanese blues, see Boro: The Fabric of Life, a summer exhibition at the Domaine de Boisbuchet.


For fashion from musically-oriented Granny Takes a Trip and others from the late-60s and early-70s, click here.


Laura Casey Interiors said...

Blue sways me every time. Love it all.

Style Court said...

Laura, Bennison makes me think of you :)

Lori said...

I've been having such an indigo thing for a while now, if only I could get the France for the Boro exhibit, it looks incredible! I can always count on you to share something awesome.

Style Court said...

Lori -- glad you like this post. Sometimes French General has great indigo workshops. Not quite as far as France :) I think the info is on their site.

Lori said...

How ironic- I was the fabric buyer for Calico Corners until last November and Fabricut had presented the French General's fabric line to me. I had no idea they ran workshops like these, just thought they had created the fabric line. Looks like fun!

Sylvie said...

Dear Courtney, Marcel and I watched Almost Famous recently. He's a music journalist now (Marcel's Music Journal on Tumblr).
I always love your perspective on the arts :)
Happy to visit your world!
xx Sylvie

Style Court said...

Sylvie -- that's wonderful! Always love it when you stop by :)