Last Christmas I was given an incredible gift. After visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art ‘Fabulous Fashion’ Exhibit – I was inspired by the Christian Lacroix catsuit on display.
Christmas Gift: design a custom catsuit to wear to Monte Carlo for the tennis tournament.
We started to look for for a designer that would inspire. David Ferron is from Unionville, PA and a graduate of Parson’s School of Design. He has worked for Calvin Klien, Behnaz Saraphour, Bibhu Mohapatra, Tomas Maier, and Nicole Miller. Excited to start the process – we looked for a fabric source. Ellen Catanzaro’s fabric spoke to me from the moment I saw her work!
We sat down to discuss my design ideas. Catsuits first made an appearance around the 1940s. Lacroix is known for eye-popping ’60s Pucci pattern-on-pattern design extravaganzas. Lacroix designed for Pucci for three years, Pucci is considered the inventor of the Capri pants, which were extremely popular during the 1950s. The designer is well known for psychedelic patterns in a kaleidoscope of colors.
“Throughout my career as a designer, I have always thought that the difference between art and design is that the former did not have a function. Art could simply be, whereas design has to serve a purpose, it has to fit a body. There is a point where fashion design can become art, that is when a garment affects someone on an emotional level. Then it is art. Some of the best designers can fit the body beautifully while evoking an emotional response.
Recently, fashion design has become the focus of extremely successful exhibits in art museums around the world. From the monumental “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011 to “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” at the MoMA in 2017 or “Fabulous Fashion,” at Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2018, it is clear that fashion and art are deeply connected. Fashion and art both have the power to help a viewer understand the depths of their own conciseness, pulling references from the past while showing glimmers of the future.” – David Ferron
The inspiration is the process. Thank you David Ferron and Ellen Catanzaro for making this gift an incredible experience!
Look for David Ferron’s fashion show in March at the Brandywine River Museum!
p.s. Thank you Doug Ingerson – best gift ever. xoxxo