Over the long weekend I made a point of getting my little family out there to do some fun things that we don’t always make time for, like getting up early to hit the beach in Newport – and popping Bixby in the front pack to take in a hot new exhibit at the RISD Museum of Art.
Cocktail Culture: Ritual and Invention in American Fashion has been getting lots of good press, and I’ve been itching to go see it for the past month. Covering 1920 – 1980, the exhibit features pieces from designers like Christian Dior, Balenciaga and Schiaparelli, as well as jewelry, cocktail glasses, furniture, textiles, photographs, and film. From the glass-bead-dripping 1920′s flapper frocks to the hourglass shapes that inspired the Mad Men wardrobe department, there is something to make every girl swoon. Photography is not allowed in the exhibit, but I found these two images released by the RISD Museum of Art so that you could have a taste:
Stunning, yes? But some of my favorite bits are not pictured: an amazing array of 1920′s shoes, a dress by Vera Neumann, and a collection of vintage matchbooks with amazing graphic art. And where was Bixby during all of this, you ask? Being a very good boy, carried around by his Daddy in the front pack – and only occasionally expressing his feelings about the colorful textiles through shrieks of delight and wonder ;) After taking in the exhibition we headed for the main gallery. It was completely empty, so we decided to let the little muffin loose:
Just look at him! An art lover already, I tell you! If you live in the Providence/Boston area, I wouldn’t miss this show – it runs through July 31, and you can find out more right here. And it’s perfect timing for inspiring those summer parties, don’t you think? I know it has me wanting to plan a little shindig, complete with vintage barware and fancy dresses :)
(images: first and last by Laura Gaskill; Cocktail Culture exhibit images via Blast Magazine)