WWII-era refugees-turned-textile-designers Zika and Lida Ascher took London by storm in the '40s, creating screen-printed fabrics, Day-Glo mohairs and other mod innovations that remained popular in the world of couture through the early '70s. But perhaps their most famous contribution came in the form of limited-edition scarves they called them "artist squares" based on designs by the likes of Henry Moore, Henri Matisse, Jean Cocteau, Alexander Calder and other great artists of the day.
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A collection of the scarves, the ultimate in wearable art, goes on display today at FAC Modern, 121 South Tejon Street in Colorado Springs; the museum will kick off the show, Styling the Modern: Fine Art Meets Fashion, with a glitzy opening celebration featuring live runway shows on the outdoor plaza at 1 and 2 p.m. Styling continues through October 4; go to www.csfineartscenter.org/Modern.html or call 1-719-634-5581 for details.
May 10-July 6, 2008