Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay

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By Jaime Gillin
Opening March 18 at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, "Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay" will feature the work of Delaunay, a French painter and textile and fashion designer known for her intensely colorful work. Among the more than 300 works on view—dating from the 1920s through the 1940s—are garments and textiles, with correlating designs, fashion illustrations and period photographs. "By showing her work at Cooper-Hewitt, the constant interplay between art and design will be strong and clear and by virtue of Delaunay's glorious colors, a very joyful experience," says Bill Moggridge, director of the museum. Here's a preview.

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Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay - Photo 1 of 15 - Sonia Delaunay in her studio at boulevard Malesherbes, Paris, France, 1925. Photographed by Germaine Krull (German, 1897–1985). Bibliothèque Nationale de France. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623.

Sonia Delaunay in her studio at boulevard Malesherbes, Paris, France, 1925. Photographed by Germaine Krull (German, 1897–1985). Bibliothèque Nationale de France. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623.

 

Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay - Photo 2 of 15 - Tissu simultané no. 186, France, 1926. Block-printed cotton. Musée de l’Impression sur Étoffes, Mulhouse. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623.

Tissu simultané no. 186, France, 1926. Block-printed cotton. Musée de l’Impression sur Étoffes, Mulhouse. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623.

Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay - Photo 3 of 15 - Driving caps, France, 1924–28. Silk and wool embroidery on cotton. Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Galliera. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623.

Driving caps, France, 1924–28. Silk and wool embroidery on cotton. Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Galliera. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623.

Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay - Photo 4 of 15 - Dress, designed by Sonia Delaunay, France, 1925-28. Printed silk satin with metallic embroidery. Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Galliera. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623.

Dress, designed by Sonia Delaunay, France, 1925-28. Printed silk satin with metallic embroidery. Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Galliera. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623.

Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay - Photo 5 of 15 -

Still photo from the film "Le P’tit Parigot," written by Paul Cartoux and directed by René Le Somptier, France, 1926. Collection of Antoine Blanchette. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623.

Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay - Photo 6 of 15 - Design B53, designed by Sonia Delaunay, France, date unknown, original design 1924. Gouache on paper. Private collection. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623. Photo: © private collection.

Design B53, designed by Sonia Delaunay, France, date unknown, original design 1924. Gouache on paper. Private collection. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623. Photo: © private collection.

Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay - Photo 7 of 15 - Design 253, designed by Sonia Delaunay, France, 1928–30. Gouache, ink, and pencil on paper. Private collection. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623. Photo: © private collection.

Design 253, designed by Sonia Delaunay, France, 1928–30. Gouache, ink, and pencil on paper. Private collection. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623. Photo: © private collection.

Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay - Photo 8 of 15 - Coat made for Gloria Swanson, designed by Sonia Delaunay, France, 1923–24. Wool embroidery on wool. Private collection. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623. Photo: © Wolfgang Woessner.

Coat made for Gloria Swanson, designed by Sonia Delaunay, France, 1923–24. Wool embroidery on wool. Private collection. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623. Photo: © Wolfgang Woessner.

Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay - Photo 9 of 15 - Variation on Design 1355, designed by Sonia Delaunay, France, 1934. Gouache on paper. Private collection. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623. Photo: © private collection.

Variation on Design 1355, designed by Sonia Delaunay, France, 1934. Gouache on paper. Private collection. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623. Photo: © private collection.

Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay - Photo 10 of 15 - Rythme Coloré (Colored Rhythm), painting by Sonia Delaunay, France, 1946. Oil on canvas. Private collection. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623. Photo: © private collection.

Rythme Coloré (Colored Rhythm), painting by Sonia Delaunay, France, 1946. Oil on canvas. Private collection. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623. Photo: © private collection.

Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay - Photo 11 of 15 - Design 1044, designed by Sonia Delaunay, France, 1930–31. Printed cotton georgette. Private collection. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623. Photo: © private collection.

Design 1044, designed by Sonia Delaunay, France, 1930–31. Printed cotton georgette. Private collection. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623. Photo: © private collection.

Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay - Photo 12 of 15 - Robe poème no. 1328, designed by Sonia Delaunay, France, 1923. Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper. Museum of Modern Art, New York. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623. Photo: © The Museum of Modern Art/ Licensed by SCALA/ Art Resource, NY.

Robe poème no. 1328, designed by Sonia Delaunay, France, 1923. Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper. Museum of Modern Art, New York. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623. Photo: © The Museum of Modern Art/ Licensed by SCALA/ Art Resource, NY.

Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay - Photo 13 of 15 - Bathing suit, designed by Sonia Delaunay. France, ca. 1928. Knitted wool. Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Galliera. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623.

Bathing suit, designed by Sonia Delaunay. France, ca. 1928. Knitted wool. Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Galliera. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623.

Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay - Photo 14 of 15 - Models wearing beachwear designed by Sonia Delaunay, 1928. Private collection. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623. Photo: © private collection.

Models wearing beachwear designed by Sonia Delaunay, 1928. Private collection. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623. Photo: © private collection.

Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay - Photo 15 of 15 - Abstract Diagonal Composition no. 1733, designed by Sonia Delaunay, France, 1925. Gouache on paper. Private collection. © L &amp; M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623. Photo: © private collection.<br><br>Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!

Abstract Diagonal Composition no. 1733, designed by Sonia Delaunay, France, 1925. Gouache on paper. Private collection. © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623. Photo: © private collection.

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