Sonia Delaunay saved my jumper. Having seen the retrospective at Tate Modern a couple of weeks ago, I was mid-decluttering today when in a ‘What would Sonia do?’ moment, the orange and navy hounds tooth sweater jettisoned onto the charity pile, earlier, bounced its way back into my moth-proof box. More colour and pattern required. Ditch the sloppy grey sweater instead.
Seems I’m not the only one inspired by the Russian-born artist’s work; there’s a patchwork cover in the exhibition (made by Delaunay for her son when he was a few months old) that put me in mind of Tracey Emin’s quilts, and a couple of monochrome graphic prints that were pure Op-Art-era Bridget Riley. The room dedicated to fashion and textiles is fantastic. Sketches, scrolling fabrics and videos, as well as a fine selection of clothes, document the successful fashion business started by Delaunay in 1917. Some of the pieces are totally timeless, like this geometric coat designed for Gloria Swanson :
Whenever I see photos of 1920s swimwear, I try to imagine swimming in a heavy woollen one-piece…
Thank heavens for Speedo. The EY: Sonia Delaunay exhibition at the Tate is lovely – and it’s on until 9 August 2015.
PS Quick housekeeping update: the initial problems with my email sign up have been resolved now. All should be fine.