Exhibits! Exhibits!

Here are two exhibits that are close to my heart.

The first is a Supremes exhibit that started at the Detroit Historical Museum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has been traveling around. For my Bachelor’s final project I interviewed people in the enterntainment industry about beauty standards for female music performers and I spent an afternoon with Maxine Powell getting her insight on the creation of the look for the Motown acts, including the Supremes. It was fabulous hanging out with her. I’ll never forget going for pancakes mid-day and afterward her taking out her bright red lipstick and applying circles to her cheeks as blush. She rocked.

The second exhibit is about menswear which is something I’m studying at this time and doing a presentation about at ITAA this fall.

So, check out these exhibits!
-Monica

THE STORY OF THE SUPREMES FROM THE MARY WILSON COLLECTION
Through October 19 at the Victoria & Albert Museum [London, England], this
exhibit presents the story of the Supremes, exploring how their style
created a place for African Americans in a white dominated popular culture.
Rising from the Detroit Projects to achieve international fame, they were
always elegantly dressed, yet their music was unmistakably hip, epitomizing
the groomed, sophisticated and chic look and sound of Motown. The vestiges
of their allure are here on display. Click here for details.

THE IDEAL MAN: FASHION FOR REAL MEN” Through October 26 at
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag [The Hague, the Netherlands], this exhibit uses 150+
outfits and accessories to cast light on the history of male fashion from
the 17th century through today. It unfolds the history of familiar forms of
dress like the three-piece suit, the dinner jacket, sports attire and
full-length trousers. The main focus of the exhibition is on the extravagant
embroidery, vivid colors and exotic fabrics of men’s clothes. Click here for details.

Some of this material was gathered from the Costume Society of America e-Newsletter.

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