Yesterday was just warm enough to feel spring will get here. Today is a cold,grey drizzley day. Although there are daffodils and croci out and they help, it is not enough. I require flowers and green leaves right now. I can't garden yet - too muddy. I have 50 perennials in the vegetable garden that need to move to a new bed, plus irises and daylilies that are waiting to move. And I have a garden gift certificate that has been burning a hole in my pocket since Christmas.
I repeat for emphasis : I require flowers.
So here to get me through the day is the notice of an upcoming exhibit at The Indianapolis Museum of Art. I really like this museum. Lovely gardens, good art, charming gift shops in both in the museum and out in the garden. And they actually feature textile and clothing exhibits!
I am sure we will go up for this in May and I will report back then.
French or English dress, c. 1760, silk damask with silk supplementary weft. Emma Harter Sweester Fund. 81.290ab
Fashion in Bloom
April 4, 2009-January 31, 2010Paul Fashion Arts Gallery
This exhibition, drawn entirely from the IMA’s extensive Fashion Arts Collection, brings together 25 examples of fashion that feature flower motifs. For centuries, delicate forms and rich colors of flowers have captivated artists and designers alike. Using roses, poppies, petunias, peonies, chrysanthemums and wildflowers, artists gave life to the simplest of silhouettes. The floral patterns on these garments were executed in a range of techniques including printing, embroidery, beading and brocading. Among the designers whose work will be exhibited are Norman Norell, Bill Blass, Givenchy, Galanos, Trigère and Callot Soeurs. Fashion in Bloom offers an in-depth look at the major styles of Western fashion, by providing a framework of significant shifts in silhouettes of feminine attire from the late 1700s to 1970s. The exhibition features three 18th Century ensembles, including a rare man’s suit from 1775, along with 19th Century gowns and 20th Century garments.