Exhibits to visit on your holiday break

1999 Watanabe from the Stylized Sculpture exhibit
I know I’ve apologized before for my recent lack of posts-but as any of you in academia know, December is a rough time to have any free moments to do anything. Actually that’s probably true regardless of profession, but for a student it’s nuts. Anyway, I’m on break now, back in Detroit, and will head to Vegas next week before returning to Minneapolis. I think I’ll be able to get a few posts in over this break, and I thought I’d start by searching the Costume Society of America’s events listing in an effort to find cool exhibhits you can check out over break. So here’s the list via CSA-thanx to them for the info.

“REFLECTIONS: WORK BY MICHAEL FAIRCLOTH”
Through December 21 at Fashion on Main at the University of
North Texas [Dallas], this exhibit spans more than two decades of
Faircloth’s career and showcases about 20 designs, including gowns
worn to galas, a Renaissance-inspired bridal gown and cocktail
dresses, and several dresses worn by Laura Bush.

“ART DECO AND PLASTIC JEWELRY”
Through December 30 at the World Jewelry Museum [Seoul, Korea], more
than 50 pieces of plastic ornaments and plastic-decorated fashion
items from 1870 and the mid-20th century will be on display.

“DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES: DRESSES FOR A CAUSE”
Through December 30 at the Appleton Museum of Art [Ocala, FL],
this exhibit will feature designer gowns worn by Princess
Diana and personal mementos which offer a rare glimpse into
the public and private life of one of the most beloved and
remarkable icons of the 20th century.

“THE ART OF FASHION: WHAT AMERICAN WOMEN WORE”
Through December 31 at the Ellen Noel Art Museum [Odessa, TX],
a collection of antique and vintage fashions will be on display,
including antique and vintage dressing gowns, boudoir lingerie,
and understructures from the mid 1700s through the mid 1900s.

“STYLIZED SCULPTURE: CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE FASHION FROM THE
KYOTO COSTUME INSTITUTE”

Through January 6, 2008 at the Asian Art Museum [San Francisco,
CA], this special exhibition spotlights the sculptural
essence of contemporary Japanese fashion through the works
of Rei Kawakubo, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and others,
with garments dating from 1983 to 2007.

“SWINGING 60s”
Through January 8, 2008 at the Costume Museum of
Canada [Winnipeg, Manitoba], nearly 48 ensembles from the era of
peace and polyester will be displayed at the museum’s new location,
featuring mostly evening wear and fancy dresses.

“FABULOUS FAKES: COSTUME JEWELRY OF KENNETH JAY LANE”
Through January 27, 2008 at the RISD Museum [Providence, RI],
this exhibit will display a glittering menagerie of animal, fruit
and seashell-inspired jewelry. Kenneth Jay Lane has designed
costume jewelry for celebrities, first ladies and style icons –
from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Audrey Hepburn to Jessica
Simpson. The exhibition primarily features pieces from 1963 –
1993.

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