Posts Tagged ‘Balenciaga’
De Young Museum
On my most recent visit home to San Francisco, I had a museum day with my mom. My mom was insistent we see the Hamish-Bowles-curated Balenciaga and Spain at the De Young Museum. My mom had already seen it (bought the catalogue), and had been raving to me about its unconventional display. The clothes are integrated into a background of paintings (one by Miro, a reproduction of Velazquez’s Las Meninas), photographs of the Spanish landscape and matadors; sometimes lively flamenco music accompanies the designs. I wanted to glean something from the exhibition to point out to my mom that she might not have noticed. This came from the object labels. Each label included the requisite materials, date, lending organization, and donor. However, in some cases an additional “worn by” line was added.
Who were some of the women wearing Cristobal Balenciaga’s bolero jackets and flamenco-inspired gowns?
It is well known fashion designers find inspiration from fine art (post on Balenciaga coming soon). Walking around the loop, I discovered advertisers of fashion are inspired by fine art as well, contemporary art even. The Zara store in Block 37 has window displays that look a lot like a certain contemporary pop artist. After my two posts on museum advertising, I was blown away to see a specific, and familiar (familiar to some at least) contemporary art piece utilized in a window display of trendy clothing store Zara. The florescent lighting and metallic cylinder forms shouted “Jeff Koons!” so loud to me I almost snapped my neck doing a double-take.