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Erte was the only designer in the 20s who illustrated his own designs. “He envisioned women not only as ultra-chic creatures for whom money was no object but also as…..music hall stars, Assyrian princesses, Egyptian Queens.. Yet under this veil of fantasy, the clothes and accessories Erte created, reveal a sound construction that really works.” Stella Blum, Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Curator.

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Motoi Yamamoto's "Return to the Sea: Saltworks." Salt is a traditional symbol for purification and mourning in Japanese culture. Motoi forged a connection to the element while mourning the death of his sister, who died from brain cancer at age 24. May 25 - July 7, 2012. Halsey Institute. of Contemporary Art. The College of Charleston (SC)

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Tennis Player (1913). Duncan Grant (British, Bloomsbury Group, 1885-1978). Mixed technique. Courtauld Institute of Art. London.

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Sweergrass is native to the coastal dunes of the Carolinas, and it provided an ideal material for African slaves to produce a tightly woven coiled basket. Today's virtuoso Lowcountry basket makers often create ingenious designs such as the above "wave" basket made with sweetgrass and bulrush sewn with palmetto.

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may 2, 2012. Evening dress by Gustave Beer, 1919. In Kyoto Costume Institute collection.

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