A last minute invite to join friends at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was an inspirational afternoon. We went to see the costume exhibit: China: Through the Looking Glass.
If you haven’t seen it – its a must for everyone. From Yves Saint Laurent to Alexander McQueen, Chanel to Tom Ford – all of their collections throughout the years have been greatly influenced by China – starting with Mao’s rule. After seeing this, I know what fashion era I should have lived in!!! How about you? As an interior designer, the textiles, textures and colors opened up a new palette to be used in future projects.
As a painter, I left my friends who needed to leave the City and wandered to two other exhibits: John Singer Sargent: Artists and Friends – In my opinion no one can do fabric drapery and folds like he can; his use of variations of whites for exploring satins and lace??? I can stare at them for hours.
And finally, one of my favorite painters: Van Gogh – Irises and Roses. This was not just about the flowers – an interesting slideshow examined the colors that Vincent used in these famous paintings compared to how they are seen today. The soft whites of his roses were really striking pinks with a background of green. His original colors were so vibrant using pigments that all these masters had – that in today’s manufacturing cannot duplicate. This exhibition brought me to tears – I can’t wait to get back to my paint brushes.
I recommend all three exhibitions highly – they are not to be missed.