Celia L. Smith shares something quite interesting in her Designer Inspirations piece for Essence.com: BCBG Max Azria’s Spring 2013 pieces were inspired (at least partially) by Gee’s Bend, Alabama quilter Annie Mae Young. The Design Inspiration: Layers that Bond the Eye references Young’s “Center medallion strips with multiple borders” quilt (pictured above).
I checked out BCBG Max Azria’s Resort 2013 pieces, and they are fabulous. The vibrant colors and intricate patterns make me excited to get shop for next spring/summer! And what an interesting way to draw inspiration from Ms. Young’s work, which has toured the country and been featured as part of a Smithsonian exhibit. The work of the Gee’s Bend quilters, according to “New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman, “turn[s] out to be some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced.”
To see more Gee’s Bend quilts, click HERE.
Image by Annie Mae Young, via Essence.com