Woman Fastening Her Garter by Edouard Manet, 1878-79, at the Ordrupgaard Museum, Copenhagen.
Bernard Boutet de Monvel: Millicent Rogers (Dress by Charles James), 1949
The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens its newly renovated space today with an exhibition about the life and work of American couturier Charles James. Check out my preview for Metro NY!
Awol Erizku: “Girl with a Bamboo Earring,” 2009.
Awol Erizku recreates famous masterpieces by artists like Vermeer and Caravaggio using contemporary black models. “There are not that many colored people in the galleries that I went to [growing up] or the museums that I went to,” he has said. “I was just like, when I become an artist I have to put my two cents in this world.”
Happy birthday to Leonardo da Vinci, whose famed “Mona Lisa” inspired Patrick Kelly’s Spring/Summer 1989 collection. In 1988, Kelly became the first American and the first black designer to be elected into the Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, which allowed him to present his ready-to-wear collections at the Louvre. His line was a spirited evocation of all his favorite Lisas, including this otherworldly “Moona Lisa.”
“Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love" opens April 27.
"Woman’s Evening Dress," Spring/Summer 1989, designed by Patrick Kelly (Promised gift of Bjorn Guil Amelan and Bill T. Jones)