Saturday, January 12, 2013

Material Translations: an exhibit at Chicago Art Insitute

Last weekend my family and I took advantage of the Bank of America free museum weekend pass. The first weekend of every month in many cities Bank of America customers can go to certain museums for free.

The Chicago Art Institute is on the list!

There is an excellent exhibit going on until April on Japanese Fashion called Material Translations: Japanese Fashion from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The website describes the exhibit below:

* Presented in the museum’s dramatic Ando Gallery, this exhibition provides examples of the most innovative designs from the 1980s through the 2000s. One is a radical concept by Rei Kawakubo, her 1983 sack dress that characterizes the aesthetic of poverty—concealing, not revealing the female form in muted color. In another garment, Kawakubo befittingly and humorously embodies the meaning of her design label Comme des Garçons (literally translated as "like some boys') with her adaptation of a ballet dancer's nylon and polyester skirt laced with heavy cowhide. The companion jacket, whose pattern was developed from the fabrication of a baseball mitt, likewise contrasts feminine and masculine. Also included are recently acquired designs inspired by anarchic currents of youthful expression by Jun Takahashi of Undercover. A site-specific video projection by artist Jan Tichy, Installation no. 16, complements the bold fashions on display.

This exhibition marks the first collaboration between the FRC and the museum, as well as the first time that fashions from this collection are on public view. *

It is an amazing collection! I could have spent several hours taking in all the details.

- Posted by Steph from my iPad

Location:Chicago, IL

1 comment:

  1. This would have been most inspirational to view - lucky you!


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