To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color


I’m so excited by the potential of this upcoming exhibit: To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color, which opens to the public at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, de Young on July 31, 2010. This fashion exhibit is the first in many years to pull from the museums own collection and to be fully conceived in house. If we hope to have more of these kinds of exhibits from the de Young, it is important to support these efforts. I am thrilled to be able to bring you an early preview of this exhibit tomorrow morning. I will be reporting what I see at @fashionhistoria – watch for my tweets starting at 10am.

According to the press materials:

A truly cross-cultural presentation, this exhibition showcases objects from a variety of diverse cultures and historical periods, including a tie-dyed tunic from the Wari-Nasca culture of pre-Hispanic Peru (A.D. 500–900), a paste-resist Mongolian felt rug from the 15th–17th century, and a group of stitch-resist dyed 20th-century kerchiefs from the Dida people of the Ivory Coast. These historical pieces are contrasted with artworks from contemporary Bay Area artists like Judith Content, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Angelina DeAntonis and Yoshiko Wada.

Also included in the exhibition is an elegant tie-dye evening gown from Rodarte’s 2009 collection and an ikat trench coat from Oscar de La Renta’s 2005 collection. Both looks foreshadowed the current spring/summer trend of tribal-infused fashions such as Dries Van Noten’s and Gucci’s ikats and Proenza Schouler’s and Calvin Klein’s tie-dyes.

*Oscar de la Renta, (American, born Santo Domingo, 1932) Trench coat, 2005 Coat: Silk; warp-faced plain weave, warp-resist dyeing (ikat) Belt: synthetic raffia, leather; crocheted Gift of Mr. Thomas L. Kempner

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  • roe July 28, 2010 04.18 pm


    Thanks for letting us know! I am definitely going now. I’ll follow your tweets to get a sense of how awesome it is.

  • Heather July 28, 2010 04.24 pm

    Happy to hear it Roe! Thanks for the follow.


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