NEW YORK — Talk about the best of both worlds. Home and fashion, which so often influence each other, met last week as Beacon Hill introduced Artisans, a new couture-quality collection of home fabrics. Created by Erin Murphy, the firm’s design vice president, the line featured a variety of intricate looks, including cutwork, appliqués, raffia and ribbons, beadwork and French knots.

But it wasn’t just the home front that took notice — New York-based apparel designer Naeem Khan and Harold Koda, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, cohosted the event, which was held at The National Academy of Design. One piece caught Koda’s eye — a supple brown leather look that was cut and stitched together by hand to resemble chain mail. The material, shown above, was displayed next to a vintage Paco Rabanne chain mail dress, a juxtaposition that wasn’t lost on Koda. “So often people associate craftlike fabrics with being crude or naïve,” he said. “But just because something is artisanal doesn’t mean it’s unsophisticated and this is a perfect example. It’s both modern and contemporary — perfect for the fashion industry.” Designers, take note.

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