Saturday, April 9, 2011

Inspiration: KENTE Cloth

Kente Cloth, (last photo) the "Cloth of Kings" is singularly known for its brilliantly woven colorations.   Post-civil rights, its trendy and far-reaching appeal makes it an often-used design source inspiring Hip-Hop rhymes, tony 5th Ave. interior decor, and international abodes.  Its uncommon lineage (Ghana circa 11th Century) and enigmic status are simply Inspirational.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Pop Culture Inspiration???: Philadelphia Men's Fashion Exhibit

The Peacock Male: Exuberance and Extremes in Masculine Dress, sponsored by TIME Magazine, is a zanny, but scholarly celebration of 300 years in men's fashion.  Historically, only the wealthiest gentleman could afford to adorn themselves with such whimsy, sublime shock, and extreme craftsmanship.  

Ensconced like a gilded lily at Philadelphia's Museum of Art ( now until June 2011, are items some would label merely as "metro-sexual" or 'flamboyant' ,but in fact, were the wardrobe staples of the most virile, masculine, and confident gentleman of that day.