Exhibit! Body Unbound: Contemporary Couture from the IMA’s Collection

Through January 30th, 2011
Indianapolis Museum of Art

This special exhibition examines the many ways designers have manipulated, transformed and liberated the female figure. Featured designers include Rudi Gernreich, Issey Miyake, Junya Watanabe, Thierry Mugler, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Gianni Versace and other avant-garde fashion designers. “Body Unbound” will explore how these designers usedmodernconstruction and unexpectedmaterials to contort, conceal, reveal or mock their wearers.

“This exhibition gives us the chance to share the exceptional depth and quality of the IMA’s fashion artscollection from 1960 to the present daywith the public,” said Maxwell L. Anderson, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the IMA. “’Body Unbound’ will be an excellent opportunity to view many of the Museum’s recent acquisitions in the context of the avant-garde fashion movements that shaped our society.”

Fashions by visionaries Rudi Gernreich and Jean-Paul Gaultier illustrate how some designers played with the notions of shape and construction, challenging mid-century ideals of form. Examples by Issey Miyake and Junya Watanabe, based on the theories of androgyny and “universal beauty,” demonstrate how Japanese designers working in Paris in the 1980s and 1990s promoted an alternate way of styling the body, concealingits contours and silhouette.
Pieces by Thierry Mugler, Gianni Versace and Franco Moschino display how designers utilized innovative textiles and subversive design elements to toy with the concepts of seduction and femininity.

Featuring a range of works, many of which are recent additions to the IMA’s fashion arts collection, “Body Unbound” will demonstrate how some of the most influential designers of the 20th century helped shape the direction of avant-garde fashion. Organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, “Body Unbound: Contemporary Couture from the IMA’s Collection” will be on view in the Paul Textile and Fashion Arts galleries. The IMA will be its sole venue.

Museum Address: 4000 Michigan Road

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The IMA is closed Mondays and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days.

For more information, call 317-923-1331 or visit www.imamuseum.org.

*Thank you to Petra Slinkard for this information.

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