color perception

Dots, Dots, Dots


De la loi du contraste des couleurs, by French chemist Michel-Eugène Chevreul (1786-1889), is a compendium of color design principles and one of the first systematic studies of color perception. The manual is based on Chevreul’s observations and experiments when he was Director of Dyes at the Manufacture des Gobelins tapestry works in 1824. Soon after his appointment, he received complaints about the lack of intensity in the tapestry colors at the manufactory.
colors, color perception, color theory, Michel-Eugène Chevreul, books, National Design Library

The Logic and Magic of Color: An Exhibition Celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of the Cooper Union


Color, permanent collection, color perception, color theory, physics, chemistry

Fashion in Colors


Fashion in Colors explores color as a design element through 300 years of Western fashion, and examines the changing perceptions and meanings of color through various eras. More than 60 costumes are on display, ranging from 18th century court gowns and 19th-century bustled dresses to 20th century couture creations by masters such as Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Elsa Schiaparelli, Emilio Puce, Christobal Balenciaga, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, and Viktor & Rolf.
Fashion in Color, exhibitions, fashion design, costumes, 18th century, 19th century, 20th century, clothing, color perception