Mark your calendars, there are three exciting fashion exhibitions coming to Manhattan’s MAD Museum of Arts and Design.
“As a museum with roots in studio craft practice, we are excited to expand our lens to look at fashion—from the couture to the conceptual—as a creative field that has long been invested in craftsmanship, expressiveness, and the symbolic,” says Shannon R. Stratton, MAD’s William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator. “Throughout these exhibitions, audiences will appreciate fashion designers as expert craftspeople, masters of allegory, witty inventors, and sociopolitical artists.”
First up is: Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture
March 2, 2017 to August 20, 2017
Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture celebrates the handmade fashion and style of the 1960s and 1970s–often referred to as the hippie movement. Counter-Couture exhibits garments, jewelry, and accessories by American makers who crafted the very reality that they craved, on the margins of society and yet at the center of an epochal shift. The works on display encompass the ethos of members of a generation who fought for change by sewing, embroidering, quilting, patch-working, and tie-dyeing their identity. Putting the handmade at the center of their daily revolution, they embraced and contributed to establishing a craft and folk sensibility in a seminal moment for the development of American Craft.
Next up is Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story
April 4–August 6, 2017
Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story pays homage to craftswoman, designer, and businesswoman Judith Leiber as an enduring icon of the American handbag and fashion industries. The exhibition follows her trajectory from handbag apprentice in Budapest at the outbreak of World War II to venerated female entrepreneur, spotlighting her most iconic works—such as her trademark animal-shaped minaudières—while also exhibiting both her more traditional and experimental forms. The exhibition will examine the practice and the person behind Leiber’s cult-like clutches, which are a wardrobe staple of First Ladies and red carpet starlets.
Fashion after Fashion
April 27–August 6, 2017
Eckhaus Latta, ensæmble, Lucy Jones, Ryohei Kawanishi, Henrik Vibskov, SSAW Magazine
In 2015, fashion trend forecaster and authority Li Edelkoort declared “the end of Fashion as we know it,” and in her “manifesto for the next decade” provided “ten reasons why the fashion system is obsolete.” As the world of fashion continues to evolve, the term “fashion” itself demands redefinition.
fashion after Fashion presents the work of six designers who are thinking—and making us think—about fashion anew. The exhibition features some of the most innovative work being produced in the context of contemporary fashion, focusing on commissioned, site-sensitive installations to offer an experience that is as immersive and affective as it is mentally stimulating. Encompassing sculptures, installations, and video pieces by Eckhaus Latta, ensæmble, Lucy Jones, Ryohei Kawanishi, Henrik Vibskov, and SSAW Magazine, it presents fashion as an expanded field of practice that is determined by concept and context, and whose practitioners work collaboratively and creatively between and across areas of design and art.