VMFA Blog

A blog by staff and others about the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Journey back in time starts halfway around the globe

By Jan Hatchette, VMFA Deputy Director for Communications No one can ever prepare you for the hustle and bustle of China—even when there was a lot of preparation to get us here. We landed today in Beijing, then rushed to make our connection to Xi’an, an exciting city balancing its legacy as one of the…

Access to Artists: Kay WalkingStick

Kay WalkingStick, the Cherokee painter, focuses on the American Landscape and it’s metaphorical significances not only to Native Americans but also to all of our citizenry. The landscape sustains us physically and spiritually. It is our beautiful corner of the cosmos. The varied rendering of landscape in WalkingStick’s art is the thread that weaves together…

An Artist Passionate About Structures and the Idea of Shelter

Lewis Ginter challenged local and regional artists to complete a structure that was 75 percent natural material. Ehtesham chose dried grass from Lewis Ginter’s grounds and recycled paper from various sources. The completed structure contains 850 bricks of grass and paper. VMFA staff provided Ehtesham with shredded paper to use for the Persian-style dome installation.…

IN OUR OWN WORDS: Native Impressions

  What led to this collaboration? D.H.: I had been out to Grand Forks several times before I officially met Lucy. My portfolio of drypoint portraits of Iraqi survivors of torture from Abu Ghraib prison was on display at the North Dakota Museum the first time I went to Grand Forks, and while I was…

What influences your fashion style?

Do you think you have what it takes to be a fashion designer? If so, what would inspire you and your designs? As part of the Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style exhibition on view through August 27, 2017, VMFA has developed a sketchbook that guides visitors to focus on six ensembles on display,…

When Art Influences Design

In 1965, Yves Saint Laurent’s mother gave him a book where the young designer discovered the modern painter Piet Mondrian. In Mondrian’s paintings, Saint Laurent saw how the rhythm of color could be combined with a bold and forceful line. He would translate this building process into a thick jersey dress, unveiled that same year.…

Every Detail Matters

Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style contains the collection boards for every runway show offered by the designer over 40 years. These collection boards—dating from 1962 to 2002—retrace decades of the maison de couture’s fascinating history and offer a behind-the-scenes look into the creative workings of the fashion house and the private life of…

Haute Couture Starts with a Single Sketch

Producing the intricate, detailed, and carefully tailored fashions that debuted on runways in Paris and beyond was a meticulous process that Yves Saint Laurent followed faithfully. In Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style, on view at VMFA through August 27, 2017, the exhibition provides a behind-the-scenes look at how the fashion genius and his…