NEW YORK — A jewel-encrusted velvet dress by Jean Patou circa 1925, a Thirties Lanvin silk crepe dinner dress and Yves Saint Laurent’s 1959 black velvet and white satin sheath for Dior shown in Richard Avedon’s celebrated photograph of Dovima with the elephants are among the looks to be featured in an upcoming exhibition called “Reality and Interpre-tation: 20th Century Clothing and Illustration.”
The show, which is slated to run from April 26 through July 9 at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery in Columbus, features the work of notable American and European designers, along with their drawings and paintings from the Fifties to the present.
According to curator Charles Kleibacker, the show offers a rare glimpse of two interconnected fields: clothing design — the “reality” of fashion — and illustration — the interpretation of it. In some cases, the clothes and drawings of them are shown side by side. The show focuses on such design details as cutaway backs, bias versus straight cuts, shine and applique. Featured illustrations include watercolor and pencil drawings by Antonio, works by Kenneth Paul Block, sketches from the 1950s by Tod Draz, and recent watercolors by Ruben Toledo.