The creative finds fashion inspiration in one of architecture and design’s most famous movements
Words by ELIZABETH VARNELL
“I’ve wanted to do a print inspired by loom weavings,” Rosetta Getty says, explaining how an archival Bauhaus curtain fabric swatch from 1928 caught her eye as she began to design her Resort 2020 collection. The result is a modern plaid appearing in bookish blazers and insouciant bike shorts alike. The L.A.-based designer, who partnered with the Getty Research Institute on the new collection, credits the graphic impact of coursework in the program’s “Bauhaus Beginnings” exhibition (on view through Oct. 13) for influencing the plaid. “It turned out to be quite dynamic,” Getty says. “So I played with the idea of incorporating it into minimal silhouettes that would seamlessly blend into an everyday wardrobe.”
Student drawings, circa 1926, of subdivided squares filled with black and white stripes and varying tones of gray similarly inspired the stripes in her range’s crisp shirtdresses and knits awash in checkerboard patterns. Even her interpretation of polka-dotted cotton poplin and silk charmeuse has a Bauhaus bent. Look closely — the dots are chased by tiny squares, mimicking another intricate ink and gouache exercise from the era.
Feature image: A look from the Rosetta Getty Resort 2020 collection. Photo by Charlie Engman.
This story originally appeared in the October 2019 issue of C Magazine.
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