Fashion in Museums !

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The monthly edition of the Costume Society of America E-News has just come out, naming a number of valuable exhibits across the country (and even internationally). This is a very truncated list, and I would certainly recommend becoming a member of CSA to stay up-to-date with all that’s going on in fashion scholarship.

EXHIBITIONS

“AMAZONIA DESIGN, FASHION & SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY”
Through July 13 at the World Financial Center [New York City]. For details, visit: http://www.amazoniabrasil.org.br/pt/index.htm and click on the English version / NYC edition.

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“FASHIONING KIMONO: ART DECO AND MODERNISM IN JAPAN”
Through July 20 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art [Philadelphia,
PA]. For details visit:
http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/308.html

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“BLUE”
Through September 18 at the Textile Museum [Washington, DC]. For
details visit:
http://textilemuseum.org/exhibitions/current.htm

“ARBITERS OF STYLE: WOMEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF FASHION”
Through November 8 at the Fashion Institute of Technology [New
York City]. For details on the exhibit and related events, visit:
http://www.fitnyc.edu/aspx/Content.aspx?menu=FutureGlobal:Museum

“THE PURSE & THE PERSON”
Through June 29 at the Midway Village Museum [Rockford, IL]. For details and special purse related activities, visit:
http://www.midwayvillage.com/

“LADIES VINTAGE CLOTHING”
Through June 30 at the Collinsville Historical Museum [Collinsville,
IL]. For details visit: http://www.collinsvillemuseum.org/

“STYLE IN THE AISLE”
Through June 2 at the Museum of Flight [Seattle, WA]. For details visit:
http://www.museumofflight.org/Display.asp?Page=styleaisle

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“AWAREABLES: CONSCIOUS CLOTHING”
Through June 8 at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles [San Jose,
CA]. For details visit: http://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/exhibitions.html.

“ALL THAT GLITTERS: A CENTURY OF RAZZLE-DAZZLE”
Through June 15 at San Bernardino County Museum [Redlands, CA]. For details visit:
http://www.sbcounty.gov/museum/

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“AESTHETES, BOHEMIANS & CRAFTSMEN: ARTISTIC DRESS, 1880s -1920s” Through July 2 at the Fashion Institute of Design &
Merchandising [Los Angeles, CA]. For details, visit:
http://www.fidm.edu/resources/museum+galleries/index.html.

“COSTUME IN THE AGE OF MONROE & THE NEW REPUBLIC” Through July 14 at Ash-Lawn Highland [James Monroe’s home, Charlottesville,VA], ” For details, visit:
http://www.ashlawnhighland.org/ or call 434.293.9539.

“IN MEMORIAM: MOURNING ART IN EARLY AMERICA”
Through February 9 at Colonial Williamsburg [Williamsburg, VA],
For details visit:
http://www.history.org/history/museums/abby_art_current.cfm

The following exhibits are at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin
Center for the Visual Arts in the University of Texas [El Paso,
TX] through August 2. For details, visit:
http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=15068

  • “UNKNITTING: CHALLENGING TEXTILE TRADITIONS”
  • “IN THE WEAVE: BHUTANESE TEXTILES AND NATIONAL IDENTITY”

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“CHADO RALPH RUCCI” Through August 17 at the Phoenix Art Museum [Phoenix, AZ]. For details and related events, visit:
http://phxart.org/exhibition/exhibitionchado.aspx

“LITTLE BLACK DRESS”
Through June 30 at the Brighton Museum [East Sussex, United
Kingdom], For details visit:
http://www.brighton.virtualmuseum.info/exhibitions/littleblackdress.asp

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“FASHION IN THE AGE OF QUEEN VICTORIA: THE DARNELL COLLECTION”
Through July 20 at Bendigo Art Gallery [Victoria, Canada]. For details visit:
http://www.bendigoartgallery.com.au/Page/Page.asp?Page_Id=154&h=0

“CHINA DESIGN NOW”
Through July 31 at the Victoria & Albert Museum [South Kensington,
England], For details visit:
http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/1636_chinadesignnow/

“IMAGE AND IDENTITY: CULTURE BEHIND CLOTHES”
On the International Museum of Women website, [Online] For details visit:
http://imaginingourselves.imow.org/pb/Theme.aspx?id=71〈=1

Please feel free to send us information on upcoming exhibits.

Heather

www.fashionhistorian.net

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  • International Museum of Women June 05, 2008 10.36 am

    International Museum of Women Undresses Themes of Fashion, Appearance and Leadership in Women, Power and Politics Exhibition

    The International Museum of Women (I.M.O.W.), a non-partisan social change museum, confronts provocative stereotypes about women in politics in the new global online exhibition, Women, Power and Politics. Launched on March 8, the cutting-edge multimedia exhibition will run until December 31 in four languages—Arabic, English, French and Spanish at http://www.imow.org/wpp

    Using photography, political posters, podcasts, films, interviews and essays, Women, Power and Politics undresses the question “What does power look like?” and other thought-provoking issues about fashion, appearance and leadership at http://www.imow.org

    Highlights on this topic (there are new topics every month) also include a photo essay on the power suit – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Princess Diana, Benazir Bhutto, Segolene Royal and Imelda Marcos are just a few of the women that make up the exploration of how the power suit, power heels and power pearls informed their political roles. In an interview, Robin Givhan, the fashion editor of the Washington Post, uncovers what Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton’s fashion choices say about their politics.

    The exhibition also looks at women who figuratively “wear the pants” in political arenas around the world. From Madam Mao to Margaret Thatcher to Michelle Bachelet, these powerful “iron ladies” confront the stereotype that women cannot lead with a combination of compassion and toughness.

    “Why is it that the clothes, hairstyles and handbags of women politicians receive more attention than their policy ideas or political competence?” asks I.M.O.W. CEO Chris Yelton. “By questioning this sometimes one-dimensional coverage, challenging stereotypes and bringing substantive political contributions and expertise of women into the spotlight through Women, Power and Politics, the global online exhibition aims to offer more equitable perspectives of women in power.”

    Women, Power and Politics connects visitors to stories of remarkable women claiming and exercising their power to transform the world. The exhibition will feature 50 countries — crossing international borders and engaging a global audience in four different languages. I.M.O.W. invites people of all cultures and political affiliations to submit their own stories and art and join the conversation in its online community.

    These are some fashion related threads your readers might want to add to:

    What Does Power Look Like?
    http://www.imow.org/community/forum/viewThread?threadId=104

    Fashion Faux Pas from an Actress Turned Political Fiancé
    http://www.imow.org/community/forum/viewThread?threadId=128

    A Woman’s Right to Wear Hijab
    http://www.imow.org/community/forum/viewThread?threadId=124

     

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