Today I have part two of my recent visit to SCAD FASH in Atlanta. I want to thank Liza for the use of some of her photos.
Embellished is housed in a large room whose walls are covered with glassed-in niches. All the accessories are behind glass, and as you will see, in a relatively dark space with lights focused on each object. I’m not a big fan of glass nor of recessed spaces, though it did make for a dramatic presentation. The viewing did, however, suffer. And photos were next to impossible, so I’m showing only a few of the highlights.
Many of the objects were arranged in little capsule collections, like the one from the 1920s above. It does give a good overall idea of the types of accessories used in an era. But it was hard for the beaded purse and the shoes to compete with that super metal headdress.
As in the case of Threads of History, many of the objects displayed in Embellished came from the collection of Italian collector Raffaello Piraino. The two hats above are of Italian origin, and both were just lovely. I thought the embroidery on the pinkish cloche was interesting. Though 1920s women thought of themselves as being thoroughly modern, motifs of women in old fashioned clothing were very popular. Here in the States these types of embroideries are quite common, though I’ve never before seen one on a hat.
The museum dated the pair of sandals on the left as 1939. I could definitely see the influence of Salvatore Ferragamo’s 1938 rainbow cork platform creation, but the label in these shoes was “Bruno”. (I don’t think this was Bruno Magli, even though he first went into shoe making in 1936. He was in business with his brothers, and from the beginning the business went by Magli.) It does show how even eighty years ago, and even in wartime, fashion designers tended to copy one another.
As Europe edged toward war in the late 1930s, things like leather went into use by the various militaries, and shoe designers had to be open to new materials, like the snakeskin in the pair of platform sandals on the right.
This pretty straw hat was dated circa 1890s. It is trimmed with silk fruits and leaves. The silk ribbons look pristine, and I’m guessing they are replacements. The part of me that loves construction and the inner workings of fashion wanted to see the interior of the hat.
There were some accessories in the timeline exhibition, and they were well-chosen. This handbag was paired with a 1950s Lanvin-Castillo coat. There were no notes on this piece, but it looked like beading on velvet tapestry.
And finally here are the intrepid hunters of fashion knowledge. That’s me on the left, and the always stylish Liza on the right.
Embellished closes on January 29, 2017, so hurry in to SCAD FASH to see this delightful grouping of accessories.