Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday Morning Inspiration/Contemporary Threads

A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law who lives near Milwaukee, sent me an article about an exhibit at the Museum of Wisconsin Art. It's located in West Bend, a small town about 30 minutes north of Milwaukee. Although it's a bit of a drive from Chicago, it's well worth the time spent in traveling. I had a little time last week, so I thought I would make the trip.

The museum is rather small and has a triangular shape to the building. The street facing side is a wall of windows, so the museum is flooded with light.

Upon entering, due to the shape of the building, you are pulled in and made curious about what is around the corner.

The exhibit on the first floor is called Contemporary Threads. Four of the featured designers are Project Runway alum, including Peach Carr. 

This coat caught my eye. From the outside it is striking with its bright yellow color and bold black top stitching.

On the inside, a true statement with the embroidered faces and names of influential women.

Just an incredible piece of work.

Peach Carr had 4 pieces in the exhibit. Fun and quite mod.

I thought that this piece was quite fun with the exaggerated faux pearls.

This dress was created by draping pieces of leather around the body.

Not quite sure of what is trying to be said with this piece, but it's still quite eye catching. 

This piece did not photograph well. Lots of unexpected combinations of fabrics. 

The shoulder pieces are made from buckrum that has been bound.

 Believe it or not, this entire coat is made from plastic twist ties.

I found the mix of fabrics on this dress to be rather interesting.

This gown is really quite pretty.

I love how the designer gave the garment a subtle interest by overlaying a vibrant print with the black lace.

And finally, the end of the exhibit. Loved the drama. The hanging sculptures are Chihuly blown glass.  

If by chance you are going to be in the area of Milwaukee, by all means, check out the museum. There are 2 other wonderful fashion exhibits on display, 

Florence Eiseman: Designing Childhood for the American Century 
The Roddis Collection: American Style and Spirit  

Both will be on exhibit through September 17, 2017.

Next week I'll share the Roddis Collection. The collection includes some of the most amazing vintage designer pieces...and they were found in an attic in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Incredible!!!

Go check your attic, you never know what might be there ;)

Have a wonderful week!

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