Shows to see this summer and fall in NYC...
Fashion A-Z, Part Two at the Museum at FIT: The second half of the Museum at FIT’s comprehensive exhibition of great designer garments does not disappoint. Learn your fashion A-B-C’s with works by masters like Pierre Balmain, Charles James (above), Edward Molyneux, and Jil Sander, to name a few. Drawn entirely from the Museum's collection, the show is on view through November 10th. Can’t make it to the galleries? Pick up a copy of The Great Designers: Fashion’s Hall of Fame from A to Z, the exhibition’s accompanying catalogue, and see 500 masterpieces from the Museum’s holdings.
Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010 at Bard Graduate Center: Mark your calendars! This whimsical exhibition exploring the circus in New York City from the eighteenth century to the present opens on September 21, 2012, and runs through February 3, 2013. More than 200 objects from local and national collections will be on view, including prints and photographs of circus parades, children’s circus-themed toys and books, colorful posters, clothing worn by circus performers, and other memorabilia. And if you also can make this exhibition, an illustrated catalogue written by the show’s curator, Matthew Wittmann, and a book, The American Circus, published by BGC and Yale University Press, will accompany the show.