Exhibits! Exhibits!

Costume Society of America sent its eNews and as per usual it was filled with lots of great exhibits. I’ll share a few highlights with you in case you’re not a member or haven’t heard about some of these events. WOVEN TRADITIONS: CENTRAL AND WEST AFRICAN TEXTILES-Through February 22 at Drake University’s Anderson Gallery in Des Moines, IA, this exhibit will display 40 rare examples by the Ashante, Yoruba, Nupe, Bamana, Kuba and Pygmy peoples, including ceremonial flags, elaborate garments made from bark and a 20-foot skirt adorned with messages written in codes of bars and circles. The stories behind the artifacts are equally fascinating. GREGORY WEIR-QUITON: THE FIGURE, FASHION & FILM-Through February 22 at Woody’s Gallery in Woodbury University’s Fashion Design Department in Burbank, CA, this exhibit will explore the career and designs of Weir-Quiton, commercial fashion illustrator since the 1960s, and a film illustrator since 1990. GRAFFITI ART AND FASHION-Through February 24 at the Phoenix Art Museum, this exhibit explores graffiti from its origins as an illegal street activity to its acceptance among art galleries and museums, and how it has developed as an original visual language, exploring the art form’s origins and its evolution in fashion and graphics, with early jackets and clothing painted by original graffiti artists, artist collaborations, and high fashion interpretations of the style by designers. Over 20 rare examples of this colorful and original movement will be on view together for the first time. TEXTILE TOWNS-Through February 29 at the Arts Council Galleries in Concord, NC, this series of large works explores issues central to the region’s relationship with textiles. Scottish-born photographer Phil Moody combined images and texts to portray the history of textile workers in the South. Fiber works on display range from wall tapestries to scarves to jackets. THE CHARM OF ROCOCO: FEMININITY AND FOOTWEAR IN THE 18TH CENTURY-Through February 29 at The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, this exhibit features some of the Museum’s most magnificent and lavish footwear, transporting visitors into a world of Louis XV opulence. Emanating from the French court, the Rococo aesthetic infused a sensuous charm and delicate grace into fashion in the 18th century. The connections between femininity and footwear established in the 18th century continue to inform the cultural meanings of women’s footwear today. THE SARTORIALIST-Through February 23 at Danziger Projects in New York City, this exhibit highlights Scott Schuman – better known as The Sartorialist – who has emerged as a leading photographer of the blogosphere. Since September 2005, on his blog The Sartorialist he has recorded how both men and women with great style look when they venture out on the street. Beginning as a self-taught photographer, Schuman has penetrating portraits of how fashion manifests itself in the real world as opposed to the runway.

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