INSPIRATION: Structural Textile Design
Located in the immediate left of the FSAD Lobby Area.
Structural textile design refers to the coloration and organization of yarns as they come together to make a textile. Textile structures are often categorized in three ways: knits (interlocking loops), wovens (interlaced yarns), and nonwovens (entangled or otherwise bonded fibers). In this vitrine we have included knits and wovens.
The sweater by knitwear designer Mimi Pearce features a rooster on the sleeves with nest and eggs at the center-front of the blouse. The man’s house robe from the 1940s includes a wing motif woven on a powerloom with a jacquard attachment. The jacquard loom transformed the textile industry, simplifying the process of weaving complex pattern designs by using a programmable punched-card system. A digital jacquard loom was used to create a peacock feather pattern in the 2018 Mary Katrantzou dress. The textile was inspired by Baron Rothschild’s extensive nineteenth-century taxidermy collection.
The backdrop, shown in the TEXTILE section at the bottom of the page, features mythical birds in an elaborate coverlet, produced by a weaving guild in Germany. The textile was a gift to Cornell’s College of Home Economics from a group of nine German exchange students who studied at the university in the academic year 1951-1952.