If you aren't familiar with American clothing designer, Geoffrey Beene, please acquaint yourself! Noted as one of "America's true design pioneers," Beene captured the New York world of fashion in the early-1960s by combining the luxury of haute-couture with inexpensive and comfortable fabrics, like denim and cotton knits. I became enamored with Beene's fashion designs and aesthetics in the late 1980s, and I followed his work until just before his death in 2004. Today, his fashion house primarily designs for prêt-à-porter men's wear, but 100% of the company's net profits go to charity - a wonderful legacy for the Rebel American Designer, who was not only a great artist, but a great philanthropist.
Pictured are the fashions representative of 50 years of Geoffrey Beene designs.
White satin cocktail dress trimmed in sienna velvet ribbons (1964):
Black and white wool houndstooth coat and skirt, white silk twill dress, knitted red bodice, and black satin ribbon tie (1972):
Red and black day ensemble constructed from wool jersey, black silk, black organza, and black cotton lace, silver bias, and red and black satin ribbon. (Winter 1984):
Camel wool day dress with dark brown leather breast belt (Winter 1991):
Black silk jersey evening dress with floating lilac and blue triangular linen panels (Summer 2001):
The Geoffrey Beene: American Ingenuity exhibit continues until August 30, 2015. Of course, my photos do little justice to show the beauty of Beene's designs - I encourage a visit to Kent State!
Blessings and happy sewing!