Artist Georgia O’Keeffe made banging clothes for herself that are on display at CMA

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern” exhibit attempts to place the artist’s work in the larger context of their life and personality.

If you you’ve seen O’Keeffe’s work, it’s probably her paintings of flowers or animal skulls (or flowers AND animal skulls, together) made primarily in the 1920’s and 30’s. She had a lifelong love of nature, and was fascinated by taking something as common and minute as a flower petal, enlarging its shape and form onto her canvases.

Then as now, if you’re setting out to be a famous artist, you need an image. O’Keeffe kept her hair short, or tied back, and wore outfits that were simple in design, but carefully designed to her look of timeless simple lines, and gender-neutral elegance.

How into crafting her look was she? SHE DESIGNED AND SEWED ALL THESE CLOTHES HERSELF.


O’Keeffe loved wraps and kimonos, and she created this black rayon with painted silk crepe interior evening coat is held in place with a mother-of-pearl button in the early 1920’s.


A silk blouse from the 30’s that still looks like something that you’d find in a current-day boutique.


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Silk crepe tunics, 1920’s


Linen blouse with pintucked collar decoration, early 1930’s.

While O’Keeffe didn’t sew these wool twill suits herself during the 1950’s, she closely worked with designers to keep close to her exacting design ascetic.

Feel like the laziest person in the world yet? To see more of O’Keeffe’s art on both canvas and cloth, the show will be on display at the Cleveland Museum of Art from now until March 3rd. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and college students, $12 per person for adult groups, $7 children ages 6-17, and free for CMA members and kids under 5.