Two beautiful, interesting and inspiring exhibits to view in Dallas.

The exhibition “Reimagining the Kimono,” presented by the Texas Fashion Collection of the University of North Texas is at North Park between Neimans Marcus and Dillards.   It runs now through June 27th.   It features not only traditional Japanese kimonos like the uchikake see in the photo (a formal outer kimono by an unknown designer), but also imagined garments by designers Oscar de la Renta, Halston, Issey Miyake, Balenciaga, Hanea Mori, and Karl Lagerfeld.

 

 

I am in love with the graphic design of the hand painted swan on silk by Michaele Volbracht.
This exhibit is down the corridor of the designer shops.  I saw lots of crewel embroidered fashions while window shopping.  Seems this is the latest trend in both spring fashion and home embroidery.   Here is a link to some helpful hints from Embroidery Library for working with thick threads.    This crewel project features Lana from Madiera available in 80 colors.  More info here from The Sewphisitcated Stitcher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other exhibit ” Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion”  opens to the public May 24 and runs through August 20th at the Dallas Museum of Art.    This link will take you to runway video.    This Ductch fashion designer loves to work with magnets, 3-D printing and other non fabric materials to create the out of this world shapes.  Her garments have been worn by Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Bjork.    The exhibit includes 45 outfits from 15 collections.

 

Plan a day of visual inspiration before these exhibits concluded.   I am a DMA member, so just drop me an email if you want to be my guest.

Markita@PlanoASGsews.org

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