Always in fashion

I first met artist Catherine Latson at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in Manhattan last year.

Her work – which draws inspiration and materials from the natural world – remained vivid in my memory.

When I heard her latest work was being created under the “Garment Series” theme, I knew she would be a perfect fit for WAG’s September issue, which is dedicated to fashion.

It was such a thrill to spend time in the Tarrytown artist’s studio, which is part of the YoHo Artist Studios in Yonkers. We got to see her past creations, from corsets to ties, dresses to umbrellas, which all feature elements ranging from feathers to leaves to shells. I was particularly struck by a current piece – Latson is working on it, above – that features the loveliest anemone shells.

When we spoke, she was waiting to hear if she’d be participating in a Day of the Dead celebration at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers. She didn’t find out in time for our print deadline – but has now let us know that yes, indeed, she will be part of the event. And for that, she’s planning to create a “gown of marigolds.”

Sounds just lovely.

Be sure to check out the feature in the September WAG, and to head to the Yonkers museum for its celebration, too.

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– Mary Shustack

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