Recognize the vintage textile gem above? Ever wonder who designed it? This chrysanthemum fabric is one of the most recognized creations by D.D. and Leslie Tillett, husband and wife textile designers whose life and work are currently being highlighted in their first retrospective at the Museum of the City of New York.
The show features fabric, clothing, photos, and more to illustrate the fascinating story of this New York design team from the mid-20th Century. The couple first met in the 1940s when D. D. was sent on assignment by Harper's Bazaar magazine to photograph the textile workshop run by Leslie and his brother in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Enamored with Leslie and his beautiful art, D. D. decided to stay in Mexico and learn the craft. The two joined as partners in life and work, moving to New York a few years later where they started a successful design studio. Over the next 4 decades, the couple produced colorful, worldly designs which were adored and worn by such luminaries as Jacqueline Kennedy, Brooke Astor, Greta Garbo, and Gary Cooper.
If you are in New York between now and February 3, 2013, this show is definitely worth a visit!