Fashion and Dress Museum Exhibits

Lanvin Automobile Ensemble from “Automotivated”
Here is a list of some exhibits featuring dress around the U.S. I pulled this from my Costume Society of America e-newsletter, although I removed the Charles James exhibit info from this list because a few days ago I wrote a specific piece about it. Peronally I would love to go to the exhibit at the Gilcrease Museum as the description on their website talks about the featured designer dressing music stars such as Johnny Cash, Elvis, R.E.M., ZZ Top, Aerosmith and more. Don’t think I’ll make it to Tulsa anytime soon though…let me know if you go!

The Phoenix Art Museum’s “Automotivated” explores the collaboration between couturiers such as Lanvin, Paquin, Schiaparelli and carmakers to create the ultimate luxury statement: the matching ensemble. Runs through Sept. 2.

¡CARNAVAL! The sounds, pageantry and revelry of pre-Lenten carnival date to the Middle Ages in cities and towns throughout Europe. Even as it evolved throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, colonists carried its traditions to North and South America. The Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh explores this world of masquerades from June 23 to January 6, 2008.

The Cincinnati Art Museum presents the exhibition, Where Would You Wear That? The Mary Baskett Collection, featuring Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons, on view through August 12.

The Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum in Lenox, MA feature “Les Petites Dames de Mode” (The Little Ladies of Fashion) through September 3. The show includes 59 miniature “fashion models,” each one a meticulously-crafted masterwork that collectively portray the history of women’s fashion from 1855 to 1914. The creation of John R. Burbidge, Senior Designer (retired) for the famed bridal house of Priscilla of Boston, this dazzling collection represents the culmination of almost 30 years of research and exacting effort.

Illustrating the evolution of women s clothing from 1870 to 1960, the “Little Black Dress: 100 Years of Elegance,” exhibit runs through December 14, 2007 at the Clinton County Historical Society of Wilmington, OH. The gowns serve as artifacts that document the changes in society, the advent of the motion picture industry, advances in technology and manufacturing, as well as times of economic hardship and prosperity. Forty-seven dresses, hats, shoes, handbags, fans and capes from the collection are featured.

“Manuel: The Star-Spangled Thank You Tour” will be on view at the Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK through July 29. Featured are performance costumes, private commissions, and 50 state jackets created by legendary western wear designer Manuel.

“Dior: The King of Couture” examines how Christian Dior revolutionized the Paris fashion industry in the period immediately following World War II and became one of the leading lights of 20th century. Drawn from Indianapolis Museum of Art’s collection and enhanced by loans from private collectors, the 20 gowns featured include two examples of Dior’s tailored “New Look” of 1947 that epitomized his sculptural silhouettes. The exhibition closes December 2, 2007.

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