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“High Style” Fashion Exhibition Debuts at Cincinnati Art Museum Nov. 7

Calling all fashionistas! A new “High Style” fashion exhibition is debuting at the Cincinnati Art Museum on Nov. 7. There are lots of events coming up surrounding it, so I included all those details below! This is definitely a must-see if you’re interested in learning about the evolution of fashion and the fashion industry!


Fashion’s evolution showcased in High Style: Twentieth Century Masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection

Cincinnati Art Museum, November 7, 2015 – January 24, 2016

CINCINNATI – October 7, 2015 –High Style: Twentieth Century Masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection opens at the Cincinnati Art Museum on Nov. 7. This landmark exhibition of garments and accessories from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art features the most influential European and American designers of the 20th century.

High Style traces the work of early couturiers and the evolution of fashion and the fashion industry from 1900 to 1980. The exhibition will showcase a wide range of pieces on 65 mannequins, alongside 35 accessories, including hats and shoes, and related fashion sketches.

A section of the exhibition devoted to the great American couturier Charles James includes 25 objects—nine ensembles, 12 sketches, and four prototype muslins that illuminate the technical mastery behind James’s highly constructed gowns. Four of these gowns are enhanced by digital animations, which analyze the form and structure of the garments. These were originally created by the architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro for the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition: Charles James: Beyond Fashion.

Other highlights include Elsa Schiaparelli’s 1938 surrealist necklace of brightly colored tin insects, and a 1949 tiger-striped silk ball gown by Gilbert Adrian. Examples by some of the most important names in fashion including Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy and Halston will be on display. Additional attention will be given to the pioneering generation of American women designers working in the 1930s through 1950s.

“This exhibition brings to Cincinnati examples by some of the most important fashion designers of the 20th century from the one of the oldest and most distinguished American collections. It is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase these quintessential fashions and tell the story of the designers behind them. These men and women were artists whose clothes were the ultimate expression of style for those who wore them,” said Cynthia Amnéus, Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

High Style is made possible by the collection-sharing partnership, initiated in 2009 by the Brooklyn Museum that established the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Brooklyn Collection, now a part of the Met’s Costume Institute, includes the most comprehensive assemblage of pieces by American fashion designers, and the definitive holdings of Charles James designs and archival materials. High Style celebrates this collaborative partnership by presenting selected highlights from the collection, which was formed in 1903 and carefully developed over the course of the 20th century.

Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, this exhibition was originally on view at the Brooklyn Museum in 2010, and was curated by Jan Glier Reeder, now consulting curator for the Brooklyn Collection at The Costume Institute. at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Recently on view at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s Legion of Honor, the Cincinnati Art Museum is the only other venue.

Cincinnati Art Museum’s exhibition, sponsored by Macy’s, will be on view in the Western & Southern Gallery on the second floor (Galleries 232 and 233). Admission to the exhibition is free.

Image credit: Gilbert Adrian (American, 1903-1959), Dinner Dress, ca. 1948, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Janet Gaynor Adrian, 1963 (2009.300.319) Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art


About the Cincinnati Art Museum

The Cincinnati Art Museum is supported by the generosity of individuals and businesses that give annually to ArtsWave. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Cincinnati Art Museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Cincinnati Art Museum gratefully acknowledges operating support from the City of Cincinnati, as well as our members.


General admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum is always free. The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is closed Monday.





Please visit http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org or call 513-721-ARTS for reservations, tickets or more information.


Lecture: Homer LayneCharles James: Beyond Fashion

November 8, 2 p.m.:

The Decorative Arts Society presents a lecture by Homer Layne, last trusted assistant to American couturier, Charles James, whose sculptural gowns were worn by the wealthiest women in the United States in the mid-20th century. Layne is dedicated to preserving James’ material legacy. Free. Reservations Not Required.


InDepth Gallery Experience: Cynthia Amneus, Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles

November 14, 2 p.m.

This expanded gallery talk will provide comprehensive information and insight into the fashions and designers featured in High Style.. FREE. Reservations required.


Wee Wednesday: Play Dress Up

November 25, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.:

Perfect for ages 2–5. Our popular “open house” program for preschoolers and their parents offers interactive learning stations in the galleries, story tellers, and a hands-on art project each month. Free. Reservations Not Required.


Lecture: Beyond the Seams, Jan Reeder, consulting curator, Brooklyn Museum Costume

December 6, 2 p.m.

Lecture by Jan Reeder, now consulting curator at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and curator of High Style.


Art in the Making: Art in the Making: Pattern Making

December 19, 1–3 p.m.

Designed for children ages 6–12 accompanied by an adult. Select local artists make it fun by leading interactive classes that include a gallery tour and hands-on art activity. Reservations Recommended. $20 per pair general admission $10 per pair members ($6/$3 for each additional person)


Baby Tours: So Shiny

December 18, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

30-minute experience to introduce you and your infant (ages 0-2) to the world of art with a tour. FREE. Reservations recommended.


ASL Tours for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired: High Style

December 19, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
A certified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter joins an Art Museum docent each month for a free tour of one of our special exhibitions. FREE. Reservations required.
Creative Encounters: Fashion

December 20, 1–3 p.m.

Each Creative Encounter will feature a visiting artist who will lead a tour of works in the Art Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, followed by a discussion of his/her own work. Each event will culminate in a hands-on project. Reservations required. $10 general admission, $5 for members and college students


Family First Saturday: So Stylish

January 2, 12–4 p.m.

Family-friendly performances, artist demonstrations, storytelling, scavenger hunts, tours, and hands-on art making activities. FREE.


Evening for Educators: High Style: Fashion in the Classroom

January 20, 4–7 p.m. (registration and refreshments 4-5 p.m., program begins at 5 p.m.)

Monthly teacher professional development program. Cost: members $10; non-members $20; students $5


Connect: A Multisensory Museum Experience for Adults with Developmental Disabilities – Fashion

January 23, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This program is specifically designed for adults with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. A multisensory exploration of art from the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, followed by art making projects. FREE. Reservations required.

CAM’s New Fashion Exhibition: The Total Look

rouault_swimsuit__web_version_1403536778I’m pretty pumped because we just announced that the Cincinnati Art Museum is now the official Art Museum of Cincy Chic. That means we’re going to get the insider’s perspective on upcoming exhibitions, events and we even have a columnist from CAM now writing a monthly column in Cincy Chic!

And what a way to kick off the relationship — they have an amazing new fashion exhibition The Total Look: The Creative Collaboration between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt and William Claxton

Check out more info below about it! I definitely can’t wait to see it!

The Total Look: The Creative Collaboration Between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt and William Claxton

February 28, 2015 to May 24, 2015

Known by most for designing the topless bathing suit in 1964, Rudi Gernreich was one of the most original and prophetic fashion designers of the twentieth century. His minimalist knit garments, executed in psychedelic colors and geometric patterns, are visually striking. But Gernreich’s clothes were more than fashion. They were intended to free women’s bodies. All the garments in the exhibition are on loan from Peggy Moffitt, the designer’s primary model and muse. The exhibition includes photographs of Moffitt in Gernreich’s designs and the first fashion video. Read the press release.

Fang Shoes at the Cincinnati Art Museum Beginning September 7!

What's New Press photo CAMCurators Cynthia Amneus and Amy Dehan are teaming up to showcase what’s new in fashion and contemporary craft at the Cincinnati Art Museum September 7 through January 19. The duo created the exhibit by organizing it around 3-D objects that related to each other by way of form, pattern, dimension, movement and texture.

One of the featured collections is from Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen’s Fang Shoes and I absolutely CANNOT wait to check it out. Van Herpen is a fresh-faced designer who uses futuristic garments combining handwork with unusual materials and innovative techniques. (Check out the example of what you’ll see in the exhibit pictured here!)

To learn more about it, click here!

Cincinnati Fashion Week 2012

The third annual Cincinnati Fashion Week is just around the corner, so mark your calendars! This year’s event will kickoff on Friday Oct. 5 with “Fall into Fabulous,” an in-store gala at the Macy’s Kenwood Towne Center where I will be hosting a fall fashion presentation!

This opening celebration will be followed by a week of fun and intimate events such as Labyrinth at the Cincinnati Art Museum, an exclusive look though the museum’s archives of haute couture guided by author and curator Cynthia Amnéus.

The shows start on Oct. 11 with RetroFittings by Saint Vincent Du Paul, featuring pieces put together by over 50 fashion design students from the University of Cincinnati. Oct 12, an In The Closet preshow—including a progressive runway presentation showcasing vintage haute couture from the Evolution studio—will lead into the 2012 Catwalk Centre fashion show. Festivities will conclude Oct. 13 with the Catwalk Centre, where models will be walking collections from established local designers as well as emerging talents.

Click here for the official schedule and ticket options.

Thanks to my intern Eric Cepela for his help putting this blog post together!