Through June 27

The National Gallery of Victoria [Melbourne, Victoria, Australia]

COMME DES GARÇONS, Tokyo (fashion house) est. 1969 Rei KAWAKUBO (designer) born Japan 1942 Dress 1997 spring-summer 1997

This exhibit will feature fashion, sculpture, painting, decorative arts and photography from antiquity to the present day to explore the practice of draping cloth on the body in two dominant modes, clinging drape and elevated drape. Clinging drape relies on a direct interaction between the body and cloth, as in classical sculpture, while elevated drape shows drape theatrically animated away from the body as in the festooning of fabric over crinolines and bustles. Within this historical framework, this exhibition will also explore the works of 20th and 21st century designers such as Rei Kawakubo, Vivienne Westwood, Gianni Versace, Christian
Dior, Balenciaga and Hussein Chalayan who have created works that reference the history of drape while extending the boundaries of fashion.

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Through June 30
The Charleston Museum [Charleston, SC]

2005.37 by Charleston Museum.

This exhibit will focus on the bride and her dress and include accessories, men’s garments, trousseau treasures, and photographs. It will also explore wedding traditions, from orange blossoms and blue garters to the magnificent white gown. A variety of workshops and programs occur in conjunction with the exhibit.

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Through August 8, 2010
The James A. Michener Art Museum [Doylestown, PA]

Philadelphia native Michelle Annette Berkowitz studied at Drexel University and Moore College of Art and Design, followed by years of researching historical garments in the collections of museums such as the National Gallery of Art. Using antique fabrics and trim as well as period sewing techniques when appropriate, her gowns sometimes have modular components, like crinolines, underskirts, jackets and wraps that can be interchanged to create multiple and unique costumes. Berkowitz’s design explorations also include millinery, beaded jewelry and sterling silver, and she has created a collection of original designs and restored antique apparel. Especially well-known in the region for evening gowns, her costume designs have appeared in various publications including Philadelphia Magazine and The New York Times. Her influences include the father of haute couture, Charles Frederick Worth; noted Philadelphia milliner, Alzie Jackson, whose hats were exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1993; and the renowned designer Judith Leiber.

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*Thank you to the Costume Society of America and the James A. Michener Art Museum for this information.

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