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Ducharne sample book
Fresh Floral Prints from 1940
François Ducharne (French, n.d.), owner of the luxury textile company Soieries F. Ducharne, sold his colorful printed dress silks in France and the United States. Ducharne started his business in Lyon, France in 1920, likely inspired by the successful and profitable collaborations between artists and textile manufacturers such as Raoul Dufy’s (French, 1877–1953) partnership with...
Russian shawl border
A Uniquely Two-Sided Shawl
This distinctive, fully reversible shawl border was handwoven in Russia in the early nineteenth century to be part of a Kashmir-style shawl. It was woven such that the intricate floral design is identical on both sides of the fabric. Kashmir shawls were essential fashion accessories for stylish women of means in nineteenth-century Europe. Initially imported...
Child's dress
Fit for a Girl – Or a Boy?
Do you wonder why this early eighteenth-century silk dress is labeled a “child’s dress” and not a “girl’s dress”? You may be surprised to learn that both young girls and boys wore dresses at this time, a practice that actually continued into the first decades of the twentieth century. Before the sixteenth century, European men...
shawl border
Passion for Exotic Fashion
When Napoleon presented Josephine with a shawl that had been given to him on his Egyptian campaign (1798–1801), he started a fashion craze that lasted half a century and had major economic impacts on several nations. Fashionable ladies wearing the extremely lightweight Neoclassical gowns of the period went wild for the soft, beautiful and very...
DISEÑO | Fashion
Hear fashion luminaries Maria Cornejo, Francisco Costa, and Narciso Rodriguez speak with NBC’s Natalie Morales about their influences, process, and inspirations. DISEÑO is a partnership between Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and El Museo del Barrio. This program received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. Recorded 15 October...
Harlem Focus | Fabric Printing: Creating Fashionable Impressions
Native Ghanaian fabric designer N'Ketiah Brakohiapa will speak about his process and how his move to Harlem has influenced his work. The Harlem Focus series is made possible through the generous support of Target.
Tim Gunn’s Keynote at the Teen Design Fair
Tim Gunn speaks about design and answers real questions from teens. Webcasting live from New York City. The Teen Design Fair is a special opportunity for teens who want to learn about design careers from National Design Award winners and others working at the top fields in fashion, interaction, communications, architecture, and more. Designer guests...
2011 National Design Awards: Fashion Design Award – J. Mendel
The 2011 Fashion Design Award goes to J. Mendel. Under the creative direction of Gilles Mendel since 1981, the fifth-generation luxury brand was established on the principles of high quality, timeless style, and craftsmanship. Using only the finest materials, Mendel is a true innovator who is renowned for manipulating fabrics in unexpected ways. The Fashion...
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Students Create Unique Prints with Sena Yang
Celebrated fashion designer Sena Yang, creator of her namesake line SENA, led a two-session fashion workshop at Cooper-Hewitt for high-school students. The workshop was an exciting opportunity for students to create original prints and a concept for a collection based on their own designs.   Sena started the workshop with a bang when she shared...