I picked up and started flipping through a Marimekko book that was given to me in 2005 by the U.S. distributor of Marimekko at that time. The book is “MARIMEKKO Fabrics Fashion Architecture”. It recounts the history of the Finnish textile company. The pictures are gorgeous. What really strikes me as impressive is how timeless both the textile patterns and the apparel that they produced are. I looked at the images of models in Marimekko garb and felt as though the models’ haircuts and clothing could beasily be worn today and still look fresh and timely.
You are right, Teresa! One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Back in 2005, I tried to reintroduce Marimekko home furnishings fabrics to consumers in a retail home textiles store just outside of Cambridge MA and the collection completely flopped. I realized after much promotion that the time just wasn’t right and my love of Marimekko wasn’t shared with most. The book is great, by the way.
I really feel that’s true, but having had her wallpaper for years, I can say not everyone felt that way. Many times people would ask when was I going to replace it. Now those same people can’t wait to get some. I think those clothes and patterns feel timeless to us because we just like them, but to others they’re just a trend whose time has come around again. I need to find that book. Thanks for featuring this. CTD