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I am very excited to be attending a symposium about the Mary Baskett Collection of Japanese Fashion at the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas this Saturday! I honestly don’t know what to expect, but I will be posting photos on Explore Fiber’s Twitter and Instagram pages in case you want to peek in on the event! The exhibit opened October 25, 2014 and runs through February 22, 2015, so you DFW fashion/fiber people can still catch it – admission is free.
From the Crow’s website, here is an overview of the exhibit:
In the late 1960s, Mary Baskett was curator of prints at the Cincinnati Museum of Art. A graduate of Wellesley College with a Master’s degree in East Asian art history from the University of Hawaii, Baskett was already well-traveled throughout South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Hong Kong. In pursuit of the work of contemporary printmakers, she began travelling to Japan where she found intriguing avant-garde fashion. She began avidly collecting and wearing these clothes, particularly those of Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and Rei Kawakubo, then little-known outside of Japan. In the 1970s and 1980s, Miyake, Yamamoto, and Kawakubo shocked the fashion world with their post-modern “anti-fashion” garments characterized by asymmetry, raw edges, unconventional construction, oversized proportions, and monochromatic palettes. While maintaining many differences, these artists often reference elements of traditional Japanese dress in their designs, merging conventional features with avant-garde concepts.
I can just feel that this is going to be a VERY juicy event! Hope you can join us along the way!