Wednesday, December 2, 2009

interesting show: american beauty


Yeohlee, White Teflon® Egyptian Cotton Harness Dress, Spring 2007. Lent by Yeohlee. Photograph: William Palmer, Halston, American Beauty Rose gown in red silk organza, 1980. Gift of Ms. Chris Royer. Photograph: William Palmer.

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American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion
Special Exhibitions Gallery
November 6, 2009 - April 10, 2010

Fashion designed and made in the United States over the past one-hundred years has attained worldwide influence due in large part to the creation and popularization of sportswear, denim, and mass marketing. Yet, contrary to popular belief, America has also produced artistic and innovative clothing that utilized the craft of dressmaking.

American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion is the first exhibition to examine the relationship between the “philosophy of beauty” and the technical craft of dressmaking in the United States. Curated by deputy director Patricia Mears, the exhibition features approximately 80 garments by a highly selective group of American fashion designers.

The garments on view are the work of only about 25 designers, many of whom are all but unknown, such as Jessie Franklin Turner, Elizabeth Hawes, Bonnie Cashin, and Charles Kleibacker. Their work is exhibited alongside that of more celebrated creators—Halston, Claire McCardell, and Charles James, for example. In addition, work by designers of the past are juxtaposed with present-day designers, such as Isabel Toledo, Ralph Rucci, Jean Yu, Yeohlee, Maria Cornejo, and the Mulleavy sisters, who work under the Rodarte label.

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