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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Celebrating Beauty at the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

What is beauty? The Cooper-Hewitt Triennial explored this concept with 63 designers of various disciplines. They wanted to examine beauty that was > extravagant, intricate, ethereal, transgressive, transformative, emergent, and elemental. How did these designers display beauty in a contemporary way? 

We are not talking inner beauty. This was a beauty that appealed to the five physical senses. The Giambattista Valli gown was made with layers and layers of degrade tulle, both visually stunning in volume and color and soft in fabric. The objects I gravitated towards all had an element of material manipulation to create a dimensional shape.

Iris Van Herpen had a crocheted, twisted cord bodice and structured dress of resin and iron filings. She is famous for her creations that examine the body form in a technical way. 

Nail artist Naomi Yasuda created mini wearable nail sculptures inspired by Japanese kimono motifs. Mary Katranzou is known for her hyper-real prints. Her dress on the top right embellished on top of the patterns with dimensional silk and PVC textures. 

On the other hand, I had assumed the ultra bright geometric prints from the VLISCO studio were digital. They are wax resist in the Batik tradition in pored by African textiles.

These awesome millinery creations are from Maiko Takeda. They are a part of her Atmospheric Reentry collection. She constructed what she called an "aura" around the head out of tinted acrylic, plastic, and silver. 

Gareth Pugh is a favorite of anyone Goth fan who appreciatesaid high design. The color black dominated most of his collections. This makes it easier to see the extravagant silhouettes he creates. These outfits are made of leather, wool, plastic straws and more. 

The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum is great for anyone who appreciates design. Many of the exhibits are interactive. I love the electric pen you can use to save everything you like to download later. The Beauty Triennial is on now until August 21st, 2016.

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