Thursday, March 8, 2007

Explore the art of high fashion at the IMA this spring

Two new exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art explore the art of high fashion.

"All Dressed Up: The Latest Additions", an exhibition which features more than 30 recent additions to IMA’s permanent collection by some of the most well-known names in fashion opens 1 April and runs through 31 December.

On 10 June, "Dior: The King of Couture" will open, featuring more than 20 gowns by Christian Dior, a designer who considered couture an art form similar to architecture and painting. It closes 30 November.

The Textiles and Fashion Arts Collection at the IMA comprises approximately 6,000 items and represents virtually all of the world's traditions in fabric. Items from Asia include kimonos, Buddhist robes, Kashmir shawls, Baluchi rugs and other furnishing textiles. The American and European textile holdings feature silks from the late 16th to 19th centuries, a lace collection spanning 500 years, and many fine Indiana quilts and coverlets. The IMA also has European costumes dating from the 18th to the 20th century. Fashion of the 20th century is represented by collections from Norell, Bill Blass (that’s his red dress, above), Halston and other American and European fashion designers.

Located at 4000 Michigan Road, the IMA is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. IMA is closed Mondays and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s day.

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