Must See: Fall Exhibitions

There are several must see exhibitions this fall and I wanted to share a few with the group. These are listed in order by the date in which they end.

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Man Mode: Dressing the Male Ego

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum

August 2, 2016 to December 23, 2016

Ego! It comes across loud and clear through a man’s wardrobe. Boldness and confidence translate into strong silhouettes, dominant colors, and militant embellishment. Victorian aesthetes were impeccably tailored, showcasing mastery of sartorial connoisseurship. The educated gent’s prowess for art and sportsmanship were revealed through his neckwear and shoes: Ascot or bow tie today? Wing-tips or spectators? Embracing innovation–cutting-edge textiles and space-age silhouettes–meant a mid-century man could inhabit out-of-this world concepts. Modern hipsters pair straight-off-the-runway fast fashion with vintage or eco couture to express a calculated interest in fashion. From the bedroom to the ballroom and the office to the outfield–male egos demand attention! ManMode: Dressing the Male Ego presents three centuries of menswear from the FIDM Museum collection.

(Photo and exhibition details: http://fidmmuseum.org/exhibitions/current/#man-mode-dressing-the-male-ego)

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Gold and the Gods: Jewels of Ancient Nubia

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

July 19, 2014 to January 8, 2017

This dazzling exhibition focuses on the Museum’s world-class collection of jewelry from Ancient Nubia (located in what is now Sudan). The Nubian adornments housed at the MFA constitute the most comprehensive collection outside Khartoum. As the conduit between the Mediterranean world and lands south of the Nile Valley, Nubia was known for its exotic luxury goods—especially gold. “Gold and the Gods” focuses on excavated ornaments from an early 20th-century expedition by the Museum with Harvard University, dating from 1700 BC to 300 AD, including both uniquely Nubian and foreign imports, prized for their materials, craftsmanship, symbolism, and rarity. “Gold and the Gods” includes more than one hundred treasures, including a gilt-silver mummy mask of Queen Malakaye and the famous Hathor-headed crystal pendant. The MFA is the only US museum able to mount an exhibition devoted solely to Nubian adornment drawing exclusively on its own collection.

(Photo and exhibition details: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/gold-and-gods)

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Whirling Return of the Ancestors: Egúngún Masquerade Ensembles of the Yorùbá

Rhode Island School of Design Museum

July 15, 2016 to January 8, 2017

Whirling Return of the Ancestors celebrates the rich and varied artistry of the ensembles worn in Egúngún masquerades—performances that celebrate the power and presence of ancestral spirits among Yorùbá peoples of West Africa. In this installation, works on loan from Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology are presented alongside a magnificent, newly commissioned ensemble from Yorùbá artisans in Benin.

Crochet Coral Reef: TOXIC SEAS

Museum of Arts and Design

September 15, 2016 to January 22, 2017

Crochet Coral Reef: TOXIC SEAS celebrates the tenth anniversary of the “Crochet Coral Reef” (2005–present), an ongoing project by sisters Margaret and Christine Wertheim and their Los Angeles–based organization, the Institute For Figuring. Mixing crocheted yarn with plastic trash, the work fuses mathematics, marine biology, feminist art practices, and craft to produce large-scale coralline landscapes, both beautiful and blighted. At once figurative, collaborative, worldly, and dispersed, the “Crochet Coral Reef” offers a tender response to the dual calamities facing marine life: climate change and plastic trash.

(Photo and exhibition details: http://madmuseum.org/exhibition/crochet-coral-reef-toxic-seas)

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The Secret Life of Textiles: Animal Fibers

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

August 15, 2016 to February 20, 2017

The second in the Secret Life of Textiles exhibition series, this installation features works of art made from the most important animal fibers—wool, hair, silk, and feathers—by numerous cultures throughout history and in different regions of the world. The objects on view include fibers from sheep, camelids, goats, yaks, horses, cows, and other small animals; silk filament from cultivated or wild silk worms; and feathers.

The exhibition includes a rich selection of reference materials reflecting the transformation of animal fibers through the use of technology. It also reveals the expertise of conservators in fiber identification using advance microscopy.

(Photo and exhibition details: http://metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2016/animal-fibers)

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Help: A DVD or open-source streaming video on 20th-C American Fashion?

Hi again everyone.

Can anyone recommend a DVD or open-source streaming video on 20th-C American fashion?  I’ve tried Films on Demand,  University of Fashion, and YouTube, but haven’t found anything reputable that focuses solely on American fashion of the 20th century.

Thanks for any help you can offer!

Sandra

Business of Fashion (BoF) soon a subscription resource…

Greetings everyone,

As you may know, BoF will soon start charging for access.  (Messages on this topic have appeared on lately ARLIS-L.)

Reviewing the BoF website, I found that there’s no information about institutional subscriptions and EDU pricing.  I’ve sent an e-mail inquiring about both.

My students, faculty, and I have relied on WWD for fashion trade information.  Considering my institution and our budget situation, it’s unlikely I can justify another fashion trade resource.

I’d like to know about your institutions’ libraries and your plans.  Is this a resource you consider important?  What elements do you find via BoF that you can’t find within your existing resources?  What are your preferred fashion trade sources?

Thank you in advance for any direction and advice you can offer!

Sandra Ley, Pima Community College

The Future of Fashion

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Masaharu Ono of Free-D
Greetings!
Here are fascinating articles that are worth reading and sharing with fashion faculty:
Robotic manufacturing will certainly be combined with 3D printing, and tech-textiles (heating, cooling, stain-resistant, anti-odor properties) for clothing manufacturing.  Biomimicry will bring about 3D printing of “natural” fibers for those who prefer them.
How will this change the focus of fashion programs?   The new focus will zoom ever closer toward computerized design & pattern-making, fitting, 3-D printing, & digital textile design & printing.  What else?  Traditional courses will still apply:  Costume history, textiles, and elements of design.

Reminder: Conference Opportunity

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The Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College is pleased to announce the sixth annual Fashion: Now & Then Conference, a three-day event in which participants will discuss the past, present, and future uses of fashion information and art in fashion. Participants will be drawn from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, collectors, and museums to represent a full range of expertise.

The theme for this year’s Fashion: Now & Then Conference is Fashion as Art. The conference will host presenters and artists that will demonstrate how fashion information and art in fashion have evolved through time and how it will continue to evolve in the future.

The event will take place in the LIM College Townhouse (12 E. 53rd Street between Fifth & Madison Avenues) from Thursday, October 20 – Saturday, October 22, 2016.

For more information, please check out the Fashion: Now & ThenConference schedule.

Registration is open: http://tinyurl.com/2016fnt

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