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Upcoming Exhibitions

Exposed: A History of Lingerie

Fashion & Textile History Gallery

June 3, 2014 - November 15, 2014


Marie Rose Lebigot for Lily of France, corselet of lace, nylon, and elastic, c.1954, France, gift of Mr. Robert Kaye, 82.155.8
Exposed: A History of Lingerie†examines intimate apparel from the mid-eighteenth century to the present, featuring over sixty objects from the Museumís permanent collection. Each piece selected illustrates key developments in fashion, such as changes in silhouette, shifting ideals of propriety, and technological advancements. These selections include some of the most delicate, luxurious, and immaculately crafted objects in the Museumís holdings.


Balmain dress

Dance and Fashion

Special Exhibitions Gallery

September 13, 2014 - January 3, 2015


Balmain evening gown, tulle and taffeta, c.1956, France, gift of Mrs. F. Leval, 84.125.5
Dance and Fashion explores the relationship between two great embodied art forms: dance and fashion. Dance has utilized a wide variety of costumes, including contemporary fashions, to identify different characters, but there are also certain iconic styles, which represent a dance more abstractly. Tutus and pointe shoes, for example, are integral to the image and movements of the ballerina, just as leotards and tights are associated with the modern dancer.

Traditionally, dance costumes were created by dancers (such as Martha Graham), artists (such as Léon Bakst), and costume designers (such as Karinska). †But in recent years, fashion designers have increasingly been invited to create dance costumes. For example, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino designed for the ballet and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons provided costumes for Merce Cunningham. Fashion designers have also been inspired by the dance. Christian Dior loved the tutus of Romantic ballerinas, while the shoe designer Christian Louboutin has transformed pointe shoes into fetishistic high heels. The focus of this exhibition, organized by Valerie Steele, is on ballet and modern dance, but other dance forms, such as tango, flamenco, and stepping are featured.

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