Your week in design events from DnA.
Just two days before the Golden Globes, at which the 70s-retro movie American Hustle is expected to be a star of the show, LACMA West opens a show devoted to Diane von Furstenberg and 40 years of her wrap dress, the item of clothing the then 20-something divorcee of a Prince launched on the world that was intended to carry women from work to cocktail party to seduction in one practical, sexy, slinky jersey package.
Isabella Blow discoveredcand served as a muse for legendary designers including Alexander McQueen and milliner Philip Treacy. Now she is the subject of an exhibition at London’s Somerset House. Bennett Stein, aka the GOOD4NOTHING Connoisseur, checked out the show and found that it inspired him to a new year’s resolution.
Alexander Calder is a giant of 20th century art whose reproduction mobiles have graced many an interior. Now he is the subject of a show designed by architect Frank Gehry at LACMA. Hunter Drohojowska-Philp and Lisa Napoli, of KCRW’s Art Talk, discuss the show and why designers and architects love Calder’s work.
Veteran environmental designer Deborah Sussman, a queen of color, supergraphics and personal style, has been part of several museum shows in the last couple years. But her fans say it is time for a show exclusively devoted to her work. Read about WUHO’s Kickstarter campaign, here.