Exhibitions that prove that everyday dress is anything but ordinary.
Public Dress at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: On view through October 8, 2012, Public Dress examines how twentieth-century photographers have used their subjects’ attire to create social narratives. The images on view are drawn from the MFAH’s photography collection, and explore the relationship between everyday dress and photography in thematic groups, from how people select their clothing to how people prepare themselves for a special occasion.
Ivy Style at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology: On view from September 14 through January 5, 2013, Ivy Style explores how elements of the early twentieth-century “Ivy League look” became today’s wardrobe staples. The show will feature 60 ensembles (mostly menswear) from the early twentieth century to today, including pieces by Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Thom Browne. To help provide context to these costumes, the gallery will be designed to look like an Ivy League University, and divided into three periods: the interwar years of the 1920s and 1930s; the post-war era to the end of the 1960s; and the revival from the 1980s to the present.