Never again will we doubt the notion that a quilt could be sexy. Last week Herve Leger by Max Azria—the brand known for its signature body-shaping bandage dresses—debuted a gorgeous spring collection that paid tribute to the quilting women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama during its New York Fashion Week show.
Nearly 80 miles from Montgomery, Gee’s Bend location as an isolated river community in Alabama’s Black Belt led its women to develop a unique aesthetic free from outside influences. What resulted is a modern and minimalistic take on a timeless craft that has been lauded by folk and modern art fans alike, and now via Leger’s collection, elevated to prime fashion status.
Elements from Gee’s Bend’s quilting techniques—the intricate weaving, detailed patchwork, neutral palettes with finely woven strings of color—softened Leger’s silhouettes with 32 looks that celebrate femininity and strength. Hand over the needle and thread, we found our new (old) pastime.
You can visit the town of Gee’s Bend and get to know the locals behind the craft via the Gee’s Bend Quilt Mural Trail.
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