September 5, 2010
James A. Michener Art Museum [Doylestown, PA]

This exhibit features the fashions and accessories worn by luminous film stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Errol Flynn, Audrey Hepburn, Warren Beatty, Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Kelly, Loretta Young, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many others. More than 50 costumes and objects present the still-influential designs of celebrated fashion designers, from the 1940s through the 1990s, including Edith Head, Adrian, Walter Plunkett, Orry-Kelly, Bob Mackie and others of legendary renown. Drawn, in part, from numerous films that were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume, six of them took the Oscar home. Also included are rare publicity stills, lobby cards, jewelry, and film props, as well as an exciting interactive component that lets visitors experience the sights and sounds of the movie studio as well as be a star in their own film scene. Rounding out the exhibition is an hour-long video of 35 memorable clips from films with a distinct Bucks County connection, such as Casablanca, Lassie Come Home, On the Waterfront, West Side Story, The Buddy Holly Story, and A Star is Born. According to the exhibition’s curator, Erika Jaeger-Smith, “These costumes are remarkable survivals, and their impact on today’s fashions is immediately recognizable. The unique aspect of this exhibition is its concentration on the early years in Hollywood.”

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September 11
The Museum of International Folk Art [Santa Fe, NM]

This exhibit presents a tantalizing glimpse into the Museum of International Folk Art’s largest collection of textiles and costumes. The 138 rarely-seen items highlight the remarkable breadth and depth of 20,000 objects ranging from
everyday household articles to elaborately detailed ceremonial wear.

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September 12
The Goldstein Museum of Design [Saint Paul, MN]

This colorful and thought-provoking exhibition explores the historical and contemporary use of feathers in western fashion. Visitors can examine the function of feathers in nature, the historical feather trade and activism against it, and the psychological appeal of wearing feathers. Feathered apparel from the late 19th through the 20th centuries from the GMD collection will be on exhibit including garments designed by Bill Blass, Sonia Rykiel, Victor Costa, and Oscar de la Renta.

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

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  • lsaspacey September 29, 2010 01.03 pm

    I just wrote a review of my time at the Icons of Costume exhibit on my blog (it will post on Oct 1) that you might want to check out. I made my decision to go immediately after seeing this very post here. Thank you for alerting to a show within driving distance as I was bummed that I couldn’t make it to Nashville for V&A Couture show. Being a lover of old movies this one was more up my alley.

  • Kat September 30, 2010 05.29 pm

    No problem, glad you were able to enjoy it! Looking forward to the post!


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