I have tons of Georgia O’Keeeffe pictures on my Pinterest board as research for a project. Her personal style was just fantastic – those shirts! The hats! The kimonos! The hair!
Sotheby’s has a sale of a number of her personal artefacts coming up, including dresses, jewellery, coats and a fabulous velvet hood. What’s remarkable to me is that apparently some of these pieces were hand-sewn by Georgia O’Keeffe herself. The workmanship shown in Vogue’s detail images is beautiful (look at the black and white pleated crepe dress) and even though I guess many people sewed their own clothes back in the day, it seems novel to me in today’s everything-automated age.
A particularly notable item up for auction is a silver ‘OK’ pin. It’s a copy that O’Keeffe had made of the gold pin given to her by sculptor Alexander Calder. When O’Keeffe ‘s hair went white, she decided to have the silver dupe made as a more flattering option. Also in the sale is O’Keeffe’s recipe box (Estimate $6,000–8,000 – remember the O’Keeffe recipe book?). Read more on Sotheby’s and Vogue.
IMAGES: Todd Webb; to come; Todd Webb; to come; Laura Gilpin, 1953, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, N.M; Bruce Weber
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