Today I visited the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston for the first time. Although the ICA museum has been around since the 1940s, it’s fancy new home on the waterfront has only been open to the public since December 2006. The new architecture is as much of a draw as the art it houses and I must admit my pride for Boston grew as I explored this spectacular crown jewel of our developing seaport area. The progressive glass and metal building that cantilevers over the water is so striking, it comes across as a nod to the revolutionary Frank Lloyd Wright. I also love how the boardwalk element rises up from the waterfront and, like a ribbon, travels up the side of the building before folding back over itself. In fact, the wooden stairs were so inviting, I had to break the rules a little and climb to the highest point!
I was excited to be wearing this exquisite Matthew Williamson dress today – an early birthday treat from my husband – which felt right at home at the ICA, being that the dress itself is truly a work of modern art. The Tokyo Faze dress is an architectural marvel of silk draping accented by a unique digital print of the Tokyo skyline and dripping neon blossoms. When Matthew first debuted this print on the runway at Spring 12 London Fashion Week, its backdrop was the Tate Modern museum. Today, the dress was again surrounded by contemporary art, and it really came to life in the Founders Gallery – a floor to ceiling glass hallway room on the fourth floor which spans the entire width of the museum and showcases a beautiful view of the harbor. While the ICA will surely continue bringing amazing art to Boston, it was a fun experience to think I was bringing a little “art of fashion” to the ICA.