Mr. H. and I went a couple weeks ago and loved it. Mr. Cave's Sound Suits, wearable fabric and found-object suits, are utterly delightful--Dr. Seuss meets Sesame Street meets Where The Wild Things Are meets Couture. They're also thought provoking, bringing up themes of beauty vs. ugly, treasure vs. garbage, stranger vs. familiar. But mostly, in my eyes, the suits are fun and playful.
They put in an appearance in the September 2010 issue of Vogue, and when you look closely at the fabrication and craftsmanship, it's no surprise that Mr. Cave is the director of the graduate fashion program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
September 2010 Vogue
In fact, it seems to be a pretty short leap between Mr.Cave's whimsical Sound Suits and what we're currently seeing on the runways and the street.
Kate Moss (The Cut)
Anna Dello Russo (Vogue.com)
The ubiquitous Prada fur stole (Tommy Ton)
House of Holland (Style.com)
Mary Katranzou (Vogue.com)
Mary Katranzou (Style.com)
I think even some of my youngest friends would love this exhibit if their moms have time to take them to SAM. Penelope, Bobby, Sophia, Lane and Cole, let me know which suit is your favorite! (I'm fond of the furry ones, myself!)
Have a wildly fun weekend, everyone!