Through November 13th
The Museum at FIT [New York, NY]

Eco fashion

Presented chronologically and featuring more than 100 garments, accessories, and textiles, the exhibition uses contemporary methods for “going green” as a framework to study the past.  The objects displayed touch upon at least one of six major themes: the re-purposing and recycling of materials, fiber origins, textile dyeing and production, quality of craftsmanship, labor practices, and the treatment of animals.  Curated by Jennifer Farley and Colleen Hill, the exhibition features some of the finest examples of 21st-century sustainable fashions by current, cutting-edge labels, including Alabama Chanin, Ciel, Edun, FIN, and NOIR.

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Through December 5, 2010
The Design Museum at UC Davis [Davis, CA]

Showcasing wearable textiles and ornaments, this exhibition displays the life, culture, and continuing loss of adornment skills of the minority people who live in Southwest China. The exhibition curator, Bea Roberts, shares her visually superb collection, acquired during her early visits to the region, when the villages were primarily intact in their cultural identity and before the traditions vanish in today’s globalization race.

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December 8, 2010
The Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum [Shippensburg, PA]

This exhibit will illustrate the evolution of fashion 1800 – 1900 and the dramatic changes in silhouette that evolved from decade to decade. The collection features a number of important pieces, most of which have not been previously displayed. The collection houses a rare cotton work dress of the American Federal period and an extremely rare man’s sky blue jean cloth frock coat from the 1830s, a pristine silk-satin dress from 1815-1820 from Mercersburg, PA, and a warp-printed 1850s transformation bodice that could be either a day dress or an evening or dinner party dress.

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*Thank you to the Costume Society of America and UC Davis for this information.

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  • Jeanie October 22, 2010 07.18 pm

    The FIT exhibit is really excellent–it encourages its viewer to think outside the box about the various ways the practices of the fashion industry can help or harm the environment. For example, I would have never before considered the “upcycling” of old tapestries or garments remade into beautiful new clothes in the 18th c. as a green practice–and though the upcyclers’ actions may not have been borne from a concern for the environment, they were nonetheless green. Very interesting. The exhibit also features, of course, plenty of beautiful and avant-garde designs from ‘consciously gr’ brands like Stella McCartney and Edun. And the ethical and environmental ramifications of the usage of animal-derived materials and child labor are also discussed, which I wasn’t necessarily expecting when I walked into the exhibit. It may be comprised only of a small three rooms, but I feel like there is a lot to be gained from this exhibit.


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