I love these field trips that Diane and I take. Our visit to the Phoenix Art Museum yesterday to see the "Emphatics" exhibit was outstanding. For most of us "ready to wear" is the extent of our wardrobe. There is no way that most of us could fit or afford these pieces. This is art in fashion, and it means designers who wield their artistic talents as would a grand master on canvas. The opportunity to get close, to see the tailoring, the trim details, the shoes, the jewelry ~ sensory overload. This exhibit features haute couture from 1963-2013. Designers include Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, Galliano and many more.
Wearing these designs may be limited to a few, but savoring the details, the fabric, the tailoring, the subtle touches that separate them from the norm is a treat for people like me. Dart placement, zippers, the use of covered buttons to create closures: One outfit was an amalgam of pieces cut and stitched on the bias. It hugged the mannequin based on the "bias" stretch that could never be replicated with traditional tailoring. The material cried to be touched - leather and velvet to die for. It was tough showing restraint. What a fun experience: I'm so glad we were able to carve out time for this before it packs up to leave on January 17th.