The World of D.D. and Leslie Tillett — Oct 17 through Feb 3, 2013
The World of D.D. and Leslie Tillett is the first retrospective of the work of textile designers D.D. Tillett (1917-2008) and Leslie Tillett (1915-1992), two important figures in the history of post-war American design. The exhibition introduces the work of these remarkable designers to a new generation.
A few weeks ago I heard about this show and dashed over to see it. What a treat! D.D. and Leslie Tillett were certainly unknown to me but as I learned, they were favorites of many such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Greta Garbo, Gary Cooper and Harry Truman. Their textiles often graced the pages of Diana Vreeland’s Vogue.
The New York Times explains the history behind this colorful couple best: “In 1944, the legendary art director Alexey Brodovitch, then working for Harper’s Bazaar, heard about beautiful textiles coming out of Cuernavaca, Mexico, and sent D.D. Doctorow to shoot a feature for the magazine…Abandoning her assignment, Ms. Doctorow canceled her return home, married Leslie, learned dye-mixing and silk-screening and joined a circle of artists that included Diego Rivera and the silversmith Bill Spratling…The Tillets moved to Manhattan in 1946, accruing a level of recognition all but unheard-of in the fabric world. Their best-known pattern is a luscious, painterly mass of chrysanthemums bursting like fireworks.”
On view at the Museum of the City of New York it is a must see– and it’s only opened a few more days!