Friday Diary: Prints! Exhibit Belgium

Mastori*Motwary Studio

Prints! Motifs in Costume & Fashion History (1750-2000)

Design inspiration fanatics, color lovers, and pattern princesses (okay, that’s a bad one), if you’re anywhere near Belgium between now and January 8, 2012, power down your laptops and raise your eyes from your iphone as you head over to the Mode Museum Hasselt for some historical inspiration – prints and patterns of all kinds.

Why this is interesting / augments what you already know:

  • Illustrates different phases in the life of notable motifs
  • Looks at socio-economic changes
  • Looks at technological innovation
  • Examines relationship between fashion and applied arts, in particular interiors.
  • From European prints to Indian chintzes
  • Highlights historical printing methods such as block printing and cylinder printing
  • Designers shown include Hermès, Emilio Pucci, Versace, Marimekko, Leonard, Dries Van Noten, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jean Charles de Castelbajac and more

Mode Museum Hasselt

From website: “Varieties of motifs often reflect the collective taste and Zeitgeist of a certain period. Printing textile is also a complex industrial process and as such depended on innovation, mechanization, research and technological progress.”

Mode Museum Hasselt

You might also like our recent post highlighting favorite prints from Spoonflower, the online community for designers offering on-demand custom printed fabric. And check out guest bloggers, the duo known as “Pattern People” who discuss their historical inspirations as well as Argentinian graphic designer Laura Varsky’s prints and patterns. Also some picks from Katja Behre of Elli Popp wallpaper and textiles discussed here.

Also look at our other Friday Diary late summer / last chance exhibits and events:
1> Tracey Emin, London
2> The Int’l Gift Fair, New York
3> Contemplating Spaces of the Future, Denmark

Lead Image: Mastori*Motwary Studio. Images 2/3 courtesy of Mode Museum Hasselt (in order): Tim van Steenbergen AW 2011-2012, catwalk models from Lanvin SS11.

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