Exhibit: Fashion in Bloom

“Fashion In Bloom”
Indianapolis Museum of Art
April 4, 2009-January 31, 2010
Paul Fashion Arts Gallery

Image credit: Norman Norell for Traina-Norell, American, b. Noblesville, Indiana, 1900-72, evening dress, 1950s, silk taffeta. Gift of Jocelyn S. Schwartzman and Stanley E. Weaver in memory of Norman Norell. 1985.644

Image credit: Bill Blass, American, b. Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1922-2002, dress and coat, 1960s, silk satin (dress), cotton velvet (coat). Gift of Mrs. John E. Miklozek. 80.280ab

This exhibition, drawn entirely from the IMA’s extensive Fashion Arts Collection, brings together 25 examples of fashion that feature flower motifs. For centuries, delicate forms and rich colors of flowers have captivated artists and designers alike. Using roses, poppies, petunias, peonies, chrysanthemums and wildflowers, artists gave life to the simplest of silhouettes. The floral patterns on these garments were executed in a range of techniques including printing, embroidery, beading and brocading.

Among the designers whose work will be exhibited are Norman Norell, Bill Blass, Givenchy, Galanos, Trigère and Callot Soeurs. Fashion in Bloom offers an in-depth look at the major styles of Western fashion, by providing a framework of significant shifts in silhouettes of feminine attire from the late 1700s to 1970s. The exhibition features three 18th Century ensembles, including a rare man’s suit from 1775, along with 19th Century gowns and 20th Century garments.

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