If you are in the LA area this summer, I highly recommend attending the “Reigning Men” exhibit at the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA to locals). Last week, a fellow artist and I attended a lecture by the AMAZING curator, Sharon Takeda, and afterward were able to get a semi-private tour of the exhibit. Of course, this plain-weave wool suit caught my eye as it was created via shibori, using both itajime and resist dyeing techniques. The red coat in the right background was inspired by traditional warrior/shogun attire.
The exhibition explores the history of men’s fashionable dress from the eighteenth century to the present and is arranged thematically instead of chronologically. Oh and by the way, if you love embroidery, you’ll be in heaven here.