Thursday, August 27, 2015

Frida Kahlo Exhibit and Costume

Frida Kahlo
While in Toronto last week, I was delighted to be able to visit The Textile Museum. They had two amazing exhibits: Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol, and Frida Kahlo, Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray with traditional Mexican costume from the Textile Museum.

Sadly... no photos of the Artist Textiles exhibit, which was fantastic!!! But there is a book. It was amazing to see how artists from the 40's and beyond took their paintings to the cloth.

Artists' Textiles 1940-1976
Jul 16, 2012
by Geoff Rayner and Richard Chamberlain

The second exhibit was on Frida Kahlo and her friend/companion, photographer Nickolas Muray. 
There were numerous photos taken by Muray and many that I've never seen before. 

Muray and Kahlo

To complement the photography, the Textile Museum pulled garments from their collection that represented the clothing typical of Kahlo.
Below, are a few of my favorites.

btw... there is a great library of books at the museum, and a wonderful librarian who assisted me with my research.

The Textile Museum
55 Centre Ave, Toronto, ON M5G 2H5, Canada
+1 416-599-5321

Heavily embroidered ensemble



otton blouse, with European Origins

Detail Shot of top

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Smarter. Faster. Tougher.

Smarter. Faster. Tougher.
An Exhibition on Sports, Fashion + Tech
Design Exchange, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
39 Parliament Street, The Distillery District
Curated by Marie O’Mahony

I viewed this exhibit last week, in Toronto. It features a variety of garments that either utilize innovative textiles, or integrate sports features into fashion clothing. It’s amazing to see where fabric development is moving. Here are a few highlights!

Columbia Sportwear, Portland, OR
Freestyle mugul ski uniform.
Columbia’s patented Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective technology provides warmth fo the athlete with less bulk, allowing athletes to move with ease. There is also a LightRail zipper which is Columbia’s own innovation that has made the zipper ultra-lightweight and waterproof.

Descente, Japan
This ski jacket and pants utilize technical fabrics and advanced construction techniques. The garments are seam-sealed, waterproofed and provide thermal insulation.

Now.... let's move on to Designer Fashion with clothing that draws inspiration from sports.

Tommy Hilfiger
Here we have an outfit by Tommy Hilfiger
This wet-suit inspired garment utilizes neoprene and incorporates athletic clothing styling.

Yohji Yamamoto, Y3
This padded coat takes its influence from padded athletic clothing. Yamamoto’s signature asymmetrical cut, unique fasteners and details take the style to the couture level.

Alexander Wang’s Laser Cut Hoodie
Note the patterned laser cutouts on the arms that reveal a reflective fabric underneath.

Check out the footwear!!
Here we have Adidas sneakers (Yamamoto) and Alexander Wang’s sports heels!!

Wang's Spots Heels (yikes!)

Look at those heels!!

Adidas Shoes by Y-3