Springtime is upon us and this year’s especially long winter makes us appreciate it even more so. The transition to warmer temperatures usually coincides with brighter colors all around us like pink, purple, peach, coral, and blue.
The Brooklyn Museum’s former Edward C. Blum Design Laboratory in Decorative Arts influenced fashion designers and manufacturers by making costume and textile works available to members for research. As a service to Design Lab members, the department staff produced color direction cards, or swatch samples, twice a year for designers in fashion and home interiors. In the Spring 1965 issue of Color Directions, pictured above, the forecast predicts:
“Pinks of all varieties will be featured in both apparel and home-furnishing market. While some amber tonalities will undoubtedly carry over from Fall 1964, clear pinks and rose reds, 296-311, look fresher. An old favorite, American Beauty, returns in a brighter version, 311.”
Photo: Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Costumes and Textiles: Edward C. Blum Design Laboratory. Swatches: Color Directions, Spring 1965.
Posted by Eunice Liu