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.
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)
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.