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Many artists develop a signature style not just with their paintings but also with their clothing. Georgia O’Keeffe was no exception. In Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, an exhibit currently at the Brooklyn Museum, many of O’Keeffe’s signature pieces are on display. The show was curated by modernist scholar Wanda Corn. The exhibit is in Brooklyn through July 23rd and will go on a nationwide tour after that.
Georgia O’Keeffe’s Unique Style
The Living Modern exhibit showcases the persona that Georgia had. Georgia’s image was a cultivated one. It fascinated and inspired her fans, such as Carol Merrill. The museum show includes her clothes and personal artifacts as well as nearly 100 photographs, some taken by her husband Alfred Stieglitz and even a Polaroid shot by Andy Warhol in 1980.
Georgia’s creativity showed in the pieces she chose to wear, many she sewed herself. According to New Republic, the exhibit contains “a display case of her petite Ferragamo ballet flats in a variety of colors (when she found an item she liked, she repurchased it in many fabrics).”
She knew how she wanted the world to see her. Her paintings gave her wealth and fame. She was the highest-paid woman artist in New York City within a decade of moving there from Texas. She carefully crafted her self-presentation, giving the world a priestess of the desert with crepe dresses and work boots. Her art made her famous, but that signature style turned her into an icon.
Which outfit of O’Keeffe’s is your favorite? Comment with what you’d love to wear!