Anyone for Phillips Staff Uniforms?

Braque Birds in painting, fashion and sculpture

(Left) Georges Braque, Bird, 1956, Oil on canvas; 18 x 19 1/2 in.; 45.72 x 49.53 cm.. Acquired 1966. (Center) Yves Saint Laurent, Wedding dress, Tribute to Georges Braque, haute couture collection, Spring-Summer 1988. White tulle, white cotton piqué appliqué “doves.” ©Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, Paris / Photo A. Guirkinger. (Right) Pierre Bourdelle's sculpture for the Phillips Collection Sant Building based on Braque's bird. Photo: Sarah Osborne Bender

My colleague and fellow fashion-lover Colleen Hennessey alerted me to this stunning wedding dress by Yves Saint Laurent, currently featured in the retrospective of the designer’s career at the Denver Art Museum. The dress from the Spring-Summer collection for 1988 is a tribute to Georges Braque and features his iconic birds, as found in the Phillips Collection and the inspiration for the Pierre Bourdelle sculpture on the front of our building. The shape has also been used for museum letterhead, library bookplates, and visitor pins. I vote for adopting this as a staff uniform.

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