Inspiration Series: O’Keeffe

Old is new and new is old

I’m always inspired by independent women…


So when I heard that the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition was at The Peabody Essex Museum I couldn’t wait to go. Who better than O’Keeffe exemplified indie spirit in the 1920’s seamlessly through her art, home decor AND her clothing. When I think of O’Keeffe I think of those big sensual flowers, but there’s so much more to her story.

O’Keeffe was an expert seamstress and a connoisseur of fabrics. Her desire for ease of movement lent itself beautifully to her tunics and billowy sleeves. She preferred simple black and white in strong silhouettes and bold shapes, but it’s her details that have inspired me. The intricate pleats and pintucks contrast the organic flow of her clothing.

Taking a simple, wearable shape and adding that perfect detail is a daily design directive at Habitat, and who doesn’t love black and white?

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