Exhibition: William Ivey Long: Costume Designs 2007-2016

What: William Ivey Long: Costume Designs 2007-2016 Exhibition

When: Sep 23 2017-Jun 3 2018

Where: Mint Museum UPTOWN, Charlotte NC

“North Carolina native William Ivey Long is one of the most renowned theatrical costume designers working today. This exhibition, organized by The Mint Museum, explores Long’s most recent work, from 2007 to today. It features the theatrical productions The Lost Colony (redesigned 2007–2008), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (2013), Little Dancer (2014), and On the Twentieth Century (2015), as well as the television specials Grease Live! (2016), and The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again (2016). Focusing on Long’s process, it features sketches, swatches, mood boards, and other preparatory materials in addition to the costumes themselves.”


ICYMI: Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons

The Costume Institute’s Spring exhibition “Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between”  is ending soon on September 4, 2017 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Björk photographed by Inez and Vinoodh and styled by Mel Ottenberg in Comme des Garçons for the cover of T’s Spring 2015 Women’s Fashion issue.

In case you missed it  (ICYMI), here are some Rei/CdG  is a selected list of resources and articles I thought our group would find interesting to share with students and researchers:

VOGUE.COM released 2,537 archival 1990s images from 20 Comme des Garçons runway shows starting with the Spring 1991 collection. Read more about it here. Link to view all the Comme des Garçons images here.

Objects in the Costume Institute Collection (if anyone else has CdG pieces in their collection, please share in the comment section below).

Rare images from the lookbook & ephemera collection in the Costume Institute Library on VOGUE.COM

A Conservator’s View of “Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” 

6 Life Lessons from Rei Kawakubo by Lynn Yaeger

7 Key Themes in Rei Kawakubo’s Career by Alexander Fury 

Matthew Schneier’s interview with Rei Kawakubo for the NY Times

Roberta Smith’s review of the exhibition for the NY Times

Berg Fashion Library & Fashion Photography Archive (for those who have these subscriptions)

A list of books selected by our curatorial staff that we have on reserve at the Costume Institute Library for our docents:

At the end of the exhibition, we also compile all the press and related news articles related to the Spring show that is cataloged and shared with researchers as well.

And just for fun…..

Anthony Rucio’s 2017 Met Gala Rei Kawakbuo Inspiration for Dogs 

Rei Kawakubo’s Funny, Topsy-Turvy Fashion 



Coded_Couture Exhibition

Nowhere, Ying Gao

What: Coded_Couture Exhibition

Where: Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

When: 6/29/2017 – 8/14/2017

CODED_COUTURE looks at the intersection of fashion and technology, using computer coding as the ultimate design tool for customizing clothing and accessories. The clothing in this exhibition can act as a lie detector, shift according to the viewer’s gaze and interact with social media such as Twitter.

CODED_COUTURE features the work of 10 international artist-designers whose inventive techniques are rooted in new technology.

Exhibition: The World of Anna Sui at the Fashion and Textile Museum on view May 26-October 2017

WHAT:  The World of Anna Sui

WHERE: Fashion and Textile Museum, London


“Anna Sui is the classic American fashion designer. From Detroit to New York, her signature rock-n-roll romanticism reinvents pop culture for every new generation. Since her first catwalk show in 1991, Sui has shaped not only the garments, textiles, accessories, beauty and interiors which comprise her design universe, but also the course of fashion history. The World of Anna Sui features over 100 looks from the designer’s archive, presenting a roll call of archetypes from Surfers and School Girls to Hippies, Mods and Punks. This is the first time an American designer has been the focus of a retrospective exhibition in the UK.”




Exhibition: Wow Factor: 150 Years of Collecting Bold Clothes at the Western Reserve Historical Society on view until April 22, 2018

WHAT: Wow Factor: 150 Years of Collecting Bold Clothes 


Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH

DETAILS: Wow Factor: 150 Years of Collecting Bold Clothes showcases fifteen decades of fashionable, inspiring Clevelanders and their style.”



Free Event: Sunday at the Met: Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (June 18, 2017)


Sunday at the Met : Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between with Costume Institute Curator-in-Charge Andrew Bolton and Contributing Editor at Vogue Andre Leon Talley


Sunday, June 18 at 2pm-3:30pm, Free with museum admission


Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC and also livestreamed on the Met’s Facebook

DETAILS: http://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/met-speaks/sunday-at-the-met/rei-kawakubo

Exhibition: Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form at the James A. Michener Art Museum on view until July 9, 2017

WHAT:  Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form curated by Kirsten M. Jensen, Ph.D., Gerry & Margeurite Lenfest Cheif Curator

WHERE: James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA


“Featuring a collection of previously undiscovered work by Charles Sheeler, Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form casts a new light on one of America’s best-known modernists.

Between 1926 and 1931, Charles Sheeler worked as a commercial photographer for Condé Nast, creating fashion images and portraits for Vanity Fair and Vogue. This remarkable body of work by Sheeler has not been publicly displayed in nearly ninety years. Comprising photographs and paintings by Sheeler along with fashions of the era, Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography and Sculptural Form evokes the personalities, glamour, and promise of the Jazz Age, and reveals for the first time how Sheeler’s “day job” at Condé Nast shaped his aesthetic vision and artistic career.”


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