|Norman Norell, 1956, by far my fave!|
Each of one those sequins, including the united front of sparkle on the lining of the matching jacket, were sewn on by hand, in two directions to make sure they don't bend or curl. One can get so mesmerized by the patience and thought behind such a piece, one can forget she's there to learn about the vast universe of textiles.
Unlike the previous exhibit, Body Unbound, which was practically porn for fashion academics, Material World focuses more on what things are made of instead of how bloody pretty they are as a garment.
Scoll through a couple of my favorites below. Every piece pictured is part of the IMA's permanent collection. Pretty cool, right?
Ball gown, 1953–1954
silk, metallic threads, pearls, sequins
*all photos taken my moi :)
P.S. A pair of feathered shoes by local label, Eimaj Designs by Dampier, (pictured below) will be joining the collection within two weeks. Congrats Jamie!