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BLUE is on view at RED thru September

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Apr '08
Blue iris has been chosen as Pantone Inc's 2008 “Color of the Year” and various shades of blue have appeared on fashion runways in recent seasons, but textile artists have been using this bold color for several millennia and continue to do so.

BLUE, on view at The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. April 4 through September 18, 2008, explores the creation and meaning of the color blue on textiles produced across time and place, with particular emphasis on contemporary artists' use of natural indigo dyes. This exhibition follows up the 2007 Textile Museum exhibition RED.

BLUE features 30 historical textiles from the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Middle East – as well as installations by contemporary artists working in Japan, Venezuela and elsewhere.

Complementing the exhibition is a film by Mary Lance, a work-in-progress of the upcoming documentary Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo.

Cathy Horyn of The New York Times recently reported, “There has indeed been a surge of blue on the runways in the last year, beginning last February with Raf Simons's dresses and pantsuits, in an Yves Klein blue, for Jil Sander and extending into the spring 2008 collections

Kain panjang (long cloth, hip wrapper), Indonesia, Yogyakarta (in the style of Ceribon), Chinese-Indonesian, 20th century. Commercial cotton, resist patterning. The Textile Museum 1998.11.16.

Gift of Beverly Deffef Labin collection. With Nicolas Ghesquiere's explosive floral prints for Balenciaga. Mr. Elbaz used a deep lagoon blue in his spring Lanvin show, and one found lighter but no less robust shades in collections by Marni and Chloé, and in the men's lines of Prada and Alexander McQueen.


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