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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Night at the Museum

The other day on the Metro I noticed a huge poster that immediately caught my eye. It's not every day that you say huge, vivid ikat textiles staring you in the face on your morning commute! The poster was advertising an exhibit called "Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats" that's currently featured at the Textle Museum here in Washington, DC (through March 13, 2011). I'm sad to say that I have never been to the Textile Musuem, which is in the Dupont Circle area (I think closer to Kalorama) and housed in a historic building. I'm dying to go check it out one weekend (and with these temps, indoor activities are key!).

After all, it's important to remember that Ikat was around looooong before Elle Decor!

And just today, MoS Charlotte told me about another exhibit I am DYING to check out- "Fabulous Fakes: Jewelry by Kenneth Jay Lane" at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida. It runs from February 3 - May 1. MoS Charlotte and I are trying to plan a little South Florida rendevous in March, so here's hoping we can catch this one together! Or maybe we will just head straigt to the gift shop...

After earning a BA in Advertising Design from the Rhode Island School of Desgin in 1954, Lane briefly worked in the Vogue art department before embarking on a career as a shoe designer for Christian Dior and Arnold Scaasi. In the early 1960s, he created several costume jewelry pieces to match his bejeweled shoes, and a legend was born. The first designer to make beautiful and witty jewelry affordable to the masses, Lane considers himself a fine jeweler who works in plastic, rhinestones, and other inexpensive materials. “I believe every woman has the right to be glamorous,” he has said. “Style has little to do with money.”

And from "fakes" we switch gear to "freaking expensive"...if you're in Charlotte, the Mint Museum's exhibit "The Art of Affluence: Haute Couture and Luxury Fashions 1947-2007" looks amazing! But hurry, it ends January 30th!

Any good exhibits going on in your neck of the woods? 


The Consummate Hostess said...

What a fabulous exhibit! Looks like I need to plan a trip to DC in the next few months!

Danielle said...

Love love love the textile knitting club often takes field trips there. Yes I know I'm really cool ;)! Hey I am passing along a Stylish Blogger Award to you all, but I totally understand if it is too much for you all to do as you both are so busy. I just wanted to give a shout out to MOS because you all rock! Check out my blog to see what I mean, but seriously I understand if you all don't have the time to do it :)! xx Danielle

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