Historic Costume Gallery
Matilda Magnus Price Historic Fashion Collection
Location: Historic Costume Gallery, Stephens College campus, mezzanine floor of Lela Raney
Wood Hall, 6 N. College Ave.
Gallery hours: noon-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, or by appointment. Special tours can be scheduled for groups of five or more.
Admission is free. For more information, contact Jennifer Cole, curatorial assistant, at (573) 876-7220.
Costume Museum & Research Library
"Parallel Views: Juxtapositions of Art, Fashion, Time and Place"
February 11 – May 5, 2012
Both fashion and art fall prey to the gaze of the viewer. Both are open to interpretation. "Parallel Views: Juxtapositions of Art, Fashion, Time and Place" is set up to give the patron a chance to see items of dress from the Stephens College Costume Museum and Research Library paired with selected pieces from the Stephens Fine Arts Collection. An impressive mixture of artists is being showcased such as Dali, Picasso, James Rosenquist, Lester Johnson, and fashion theatre illustrators Erte and Stephen Stippleman. Artistic styles represented in the exhibit include Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Surrealism, Photo-realism, Cubism, and Hard Edge, combined with fabric/garment surface design details, geometric prints, and photo printed pieces. Garments, produced between 1912-2012, feature labels from Ossie Clark, Stephen Burrows, Chanel, Eisenberg and Oleg Cassini. The curatorial staff has blurred the boundaries of expression and technique of both fashion and art to capture the moment and repetition of time and space.
"The Greatest Show on Earth: Fashion Circus"
Sept. 10-Dec. 15, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 10, noon-3 p.m.
Additional Evening Opening: Friday, Oct. 7 (during Artrageous Friday, 6- 9 p.m.)
Fashion is a circus. There is the excitement and masquerade of dressing to please others and ourselves, and the bravery of the ring-leaders of fashion, those who take risks, break rules and act as renegades. The exhibit “Greatest Show on Earth: Fashion Circus” features a big-top display of fashion, with main attractions including The Grandstand, where historical exoticism meets couture; The Calliope and Side Show groupings that are not for the faint of heart, but rather take one to the zany side of life; Caged Animals, which shows the ferocity of fashion through animal prints and furs; and Le Cirque, a collection of designer garments to counter balance the absurdity of the side show.
Parade of fashions interpreted by: Monica McMurry, director; Jennifer Cole, curatorial assistant; and Bradley Meinke, guest curator.
|Black and white dress with pom-poms
Gift of Mila Hermanovski, c. 1970
Orange and blue fitted jacket and skinny pants