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It?s obvious who the poster children of the visual-arts world are. But frankly, there is so much more to explore out there than painting and photography. And thanks to a new exhibit, we?ve dived headfirst into a new obsession: textiles.

?The World of D.D. and Leslie Tillett? not only enlightens us about the craft but also weaves a personal story of a charming, textile-making married couple.

After meeting in Tillett?s family workshop in Mexico (around 1944), the two artists set up a studio, workshop and retail space in New York on East 80th Street. It was there, during four decades of high-end fabrication, that they captured the attention of famous New Yorkers like Babe Paley and Brooke Astor. Even former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy became a close friend, in addition to an avid customer.

On display in the Museum of the City of New York exhibit are the late couple?s signature global-inspired fabrics, clothing, jewelry and sketches--offering a relatively unknown yet incredibly influential perspective on mid-century design. Textiles may never hold the same art-world clout as oil on canvas, but they?re nonetheless remarkable--and worth a visit.

Runs through January 6; Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. (at 103rd St.); 212-534-1672 or

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