Barkcloth, Bras, and Bulletproof Cotton: The Powers of Costume finally opened at the Gregg Museum last night. I went with my posse to celebrate, as one of our group, Janine LeBlanc, was the curator, as well as the museum staff.
I wouldn’t know where to begin, as there is so much to see – costumes in so many contexts. It will require at least another visit or two to really see it. It was a visual feast and I could only begin to look last night.
Then, across the way is Textiles of Exile, curated by Molly Johnson Martine, Precious Lovell and the museum staff. Again, here too, there was barely enough time to take in the stories and descriptions behind these richly embroidered pieces. They deserve much more consideration.
Another thought that just came to mind…a friend mentioned a relationship between an embroidery pattern on this Nigerian Agbada and a piece in Textiles of Exile.