Spotlight Special: Fashioning Fashion

“Every detail matters, whether you are telling a story or creating a collection or starting a revolution. Fashioning Fashion takes you through fashion and time with the sumptuous variety of an extraordinary collection. I promise, it cannot fail to inspire you.”
–  John Galliano, from the preface of Fashioning Fashion

The Fashioning Fashion exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is an absolute must-see for anyone even the slightest bit interested in costume history, luxurious textiles, exquisite detail, and blinged out trimmings.  Housed in LACMA’s new Resnick Pavillion, the collection features rare pieces of fashion and accessories of men, women and children from the Age of Enlightenment to World War I in Europe.

Acquired by the internationally respected Department of Costume and Textiles at LACMA in 2007, Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail , 1700-1915 is the first and only major collection of its kind from this period in time. The collection and exhibition are organized and presented by senior curator and department head Sharon Sadoko Takeda and curator Kaye Durland Spilker, with the collaboration of research scholar Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, curatorial assistant Clarissa Esguerra, and Wallis Anneberg curatorial fellow Nicole LaBouff.

Celebrating the ever-changing silhouettes, technical inventions, political progression and globalization spanning over two centuries, the exhibit is broken into four stages of creating fashion: Timeline, Textiles, Tailoring and Trim. The exhibit will only be open until March 27, 2011.

Below are just a few of the highlights that captivated me on my visit to the museum.

Silk Gown with a 6-foot-wide rectangular hoop petticoat, England 1765

Romantic era satin panelike trim detail, Europe 1825

French Revolution conspicuous elegance three-piece suit, France 1790-1795

Beaver fur top hat, Paris 1815

Velvet embellished nineteenth century vests

France, 1770

Silk satin shoes with glass and metallic beads, plastic sequins and leather, London 1913

For more information about Fashioning Fashion and LACMA, please visit their website at

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