Spirals of Indigo: Deconstructing Meaning through Chinese Dress; Fall/Winter
This exhibition focused on the specific details of a festival jacket worn by women in Southern China. Diverse societies from around the world use various patterns, symbols, and techniques in their dress to define cultural identity and to artfully enhance the body. The semiotics, construction, and embellishment techniques were examined in depth. In addition, an overview of how clothing is influenced by the geographic and economic conditions of the region was considered.
Fashion Fusion; Spring
The clothing on display represented the trend in today’s urban fashion to combine traditional patterns and techniques in creative and personal ways, reflecting the multicultural and global nature of contemporary society. The banners showed details of traditional garments from the extensive ethnographic dress holdings of the Fashion Study Collection at Columbia College Chicago.
Animal Prints; Early Spring
Hunting amidst the racks of the American retail jungle, shoppers have encountered abundant animal prints since the 1960s. While some garments’ animal prints accurately mimic real patterns, other bear more of a stylized resemblance. Wearing representative animal prints allows wearers to connect with nature while avoiding the issues of real fur.
Global Print; Early Spring
In textiles the word “print” embodies both technique and motif. Since antiquity, cultures worldwide have employed print to adorn, express, and evoke. Today, traditional print techniques coexist with the new; while traditional motifs are both revered and reinterpreted.