ART, FASHION

Beauty Reigned at The Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

06/15/2016
Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.” Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Beauty– the fifth edition of the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial will awake and inspire those dormant experimental ideas we often tend to dismiss when creating in life.
Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.” Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

I recently read a meaningful and relevant quote by Calvin Klein in reference to the state of fashion which put into perspective how much we tend to shy away from being experimental with design, because as it has been proven in the business of fashion, the tried and core items are often the safest option for production and financial growth.

“It’s now a ‘Wall Street company,’ and Wall Street has ruined a lot of fashion businesses, because it’s always about achieving certain numbers every quarter.” – Calvin Klein

 

Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.” Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.” Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The presentation focused on showcasing the latest aesthetic innovations emerging within the design field. Over 250 works from 63 designers and groups from around the world are classified within seven themes: extravagant, intricate, ethereal, transgressive, emergent, elemental, and transformative.

Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.” Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

 

Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.” Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Beauty- challenges those ideals with the help of some of the most innovating designers relevant to our times which includes; Giambattista Valli, The Haas Brothers, Mary Katrantzou, Gareth Pugh and Maiko Takeda.

Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.” Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Curated by Andrea Lipps, Assistant Curator, and Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of Contemporary Design. ‘Beauty’ will be on display till August 21st, 2016.

During your visit make sure to stop by ‘Thom Brown Select’ another exciting installation on the main floor. “Fashion designer Thom Browne explores ideas of reflection and individuality with an installation that includes more than 50 of the museum’s historic and contemporary mirrors and frames.”

Installation view of "Thom Browne Selects." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of “Thom Browne Selects.” Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

 

Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.” Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

To plan your visit and to learn more about ‘Beauty- Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial’ Click Here

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