Art as Fashion or Fashion as Art – Anne Damgaard

As New York Fashion Week calls it a wrap this September, Dallas’ style aficionados will experience fashion as an alternative form—like visual art. A first for art space SITE131, as Joan Davidow director and curator of the gallery, debut’s a fashion presentation titled How Fitting It Is, featuring Danish textile artist Anne Damgaard.

The Eternal Moment, 2017 by Anne Damgaard

The Eternal Moment, 2017, by Anne Damgaard

A visual artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Damgaard, graduated from the Danish School of Art and Design in 1997 and pursued her fascination with textiles as an artist and a designer. Utilizing the unique properties of fabrics as her medium of choice—Damgaard works with delicate gauzes, creating layers of movement in light and dark that transcend textiles into a form of expression. Never imagined as actual items of clothing, these works of art, architectural sculptures, are the assimilation between the form of the female body and textiles.

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As If, Scarlett Johansson and David Salle should meet!

A collaboration between a magazine, an artist and a fashion designer, defines a trifecta of fascination for me, add Ms Johansson into the mix, and this combination packs a powerful thespian punch! As If, Scarlett Johansson and David Salle should meet!

As If Magazine, Scarlett Johansson

As If Magazine, cover star Scarlett Johansson wearing David Salle print dress.

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Books to Covet: Vitamin T, Emily Summers, Balenciaga

DECOR: One can never covet too many coffee table books, and I’m partial to table tomes that nurture my knowledge for art, fashion, and design. To wit, all recently published, this selection combines that requirement with Vitamin T, Emily Summers and Balenciaga.

Emily Summers, Distinctly Modern Interiors

Emily Summers, Distinctly Modern Interiors

Emily Summers: Distinctly Modern Interiors, by Emily Summers, publisher Rizzoli, February 2019

Art and design coalesce within the pages of this tome, a testament to the talents of Dallas’ very own AD100 interior designer Emily Summers. A current favourite, this tome reflects the cool subtle connection between art, interiors and architecture⎯a trifecta of modern marvels that typify the inspiration mantra for Summers. With a nod to minimalism and modernism both furniture and art alike, the title of this tome summarises the collective of client projects perfectly. Available in hardcover, price: $50.

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Destination: Essaouira, Morocco

TRAVEL: From the High Atlas Mountains, our journey continued in Morocco last November as my husband and I travelled to Essaouira a small coastal fishing town on the Atlantic coast. The drive was entertaining, the highlight, of course, a gathering of goats perched in Argan trees. Ruminating for hours, these acrobatic goats are mostly situated for the enjoyment of passing tourists, although this is a fruitful life skill the goats have developed to nibble on their favourite Argan nuts.

Goats in an Argan Tree

Goats in an Argan Tree

Just under a three-hour drive from the mountains to the coast, we checked in at the Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, for a two-night stay. Essaouira is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its mid-16th-century architecture, a fortified seaport with the town tucked away in the medina walls. This photo below has a great view, taken from the fortress, with the port below yet overlooking the medina.

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Creature Comforts at Home with the Haas Brothers and Little Monsters

DECOR: So I’ve had a little secret obsession with the wildly weird Haas Brothers for a few years now, which I would aptly describe as an oddly romantic infatuation for their otherworldly masterpieces. While I covet a quirky little creature, I mean sculpture, some weird eyeless beast that could be considered scary yet somehow seems adorable— now I can acquire their artwork as an object of décor!

Haas Brothers for L’Objet and Bergdorf Goodman

Haas Brothers desert inspired homeware collection

Last summer, while chilling in the cooler-than-Texas temperatures of Aspen I visited the Colorado base for the Marianne Boesky Gallery on South Spring Street. I was thrilled to see that the contemporary white cube space was exhibiting a show for the Haas Brothers titled, Stonely Planet.

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Christian Dior an Haute Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Fashion and art simply oscillate in perfect harmony, and with respect to the master of couture, Mr Christian Dior — undeniably the combination resonated with him throughout this career.

Christian Dior Designer of Dreams

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Departing his early career days as an art gallerist, Dior turned his artistic viewpoint to haute couture as a fashion designer infatuated with the female form, and Dior’s revolutionary “New Look” allowed women to finally dress feminine again. Postwar, a cinched waist with a curved figure became the epitome of the 1950s silhouette for women, a look that continues to echo throughout recent collections.

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