Try These On for Size
Annie Block, Mark McMenamin, and Meghan Edwards -- Interior Design, 4/1/2010 12:00:00 AM
Slip on your walking Choos. Museums everywhere are exploring their fashion sense this spring.
At the Indianapolis Museum of Art, "Body Unbound: Contemporary Couture From the IMA's Collection" documents the liberation of the female form. Think trailblazing garments from Issey Miyake androgyny to Gianni Versace audacity. Already on view, the show extends until January 20.
Several New York shows open the first week in May. Scandinavia House promotes ecological, ethical agendas in "Eco Chic—Towards Sustainable Swedish Fashion." The Brooklyn Museum, which has a prestigious but little-visited costume collection, is aiming for greater exposure through a loan agreement with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity," the Met will show 80 garments from the Brooklyn vaults—some unseen by the public for three decades. Which isn't to say the Met is resting on its laurels. Simultaneously, its own "American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection" spotlights the likes of Charles James and Bonnie Cashin.