Let’s go on a little field trip, shall we?
Earlier this month I visited the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA to see Native Fashion Now. The show runs from November 21, 2015-March 6, 2016. If you plan to see it, check with your library to find out if they offer passes that will discount or eliminate the admission cost for you.
The show covers a wide range of designers. Some are using traditional techniques, materials, and imagery in completely new ways and others focus on preserving tradition. There are also questions within the exhibit about cultural appropriation.
Here are some of the pieces I found most interesting. When possible, I’ll have the artist’s card describing the work below each picture.
The ones below were some of my favorites. I liked the surface treatment of the fabric and the use of imagery on these dresses. It was something I hadn’t seen before. They made me rethink the idea of vintage dresses (even though these weren’t vintage when they were made).
I loved the level of detail in each little figure or image on this belt as well as the variety of materials that were used.
The way these three designers used their materials of choice so creatively was really inspiring.
I really loved this dress. It isn’t by a native designer (it’s by Isaac Mizrahi). At this point, the exhibit brings up the issue of cultural appropriation. It gave me a lot to think about.
Here is an Iris Apfel ensemble. If you’ve seen the documentary about her, you’ll know that she donated a good amount of her clothing collection to the Peabody Essex Museum.
Can you imagine the amount of work it took to create these boots?
This sign explains both the Iris Apfel ensemble and the boots.
This artist extended native imagery beyond fashion into an area that has a lot of cross-pollination with street style: skateboarding.
It was an enjoyable and thought-provoking exhibit. It gave me new ideas and broadened my understanding of fashion.
Before we go, let’s have some recommendations. THIS IS FUN NOW!
- Have you ever read the series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith? It’s what my mystery-loving friend describes as a “cozy”. It’s not gross, graphic, or terrifying, but focuses on the work and relationships between several recurring characters. Mma Ramotswe solves mysteries in Botswana with her faithful and opinionated assistant Mma Makutsi. There are a number of books in the series, so if you like it, you’ll have plenty to read.
- Smoked paprika. It’s good. Try it on eggs.
- I found this on the Closet Case Files blog, and I had to repost it. It’s all about activewear…and how inactive we often are when we’re wearing it. This is your dose of humor for the week: