Fabulous Fashion: Philadelphia Art Museum / by Cinthia Contreras


If you are planning on visiting Philapelphia or live there and you are into fashion, the Art Museum is running this exhibition from October 16, 2018 to March 3, 2019.

I was very glad to be able to catch this small and nice exhibit, showcasing several elaborated dresses from Christian Dior to Pierre Cardin.

“Feminine fashion is a forum for great creativity and superb craftsmanship. A single garment can be appreciated as representing the aesthetics of its era, a designer’s vision, a workroom’s or a wearer’s taste. In this exhibition of fashion from 1947 to today, pieces from different eras, approaches, and aesthetics are juxtaposed in thematic groupings. This not only highlights the imaginative interpretation of these themes but encourages making connections between the objects and seeing them in new ways.


There’s no more method for producing spectacular fashion. In France, the unique and prestigious system called haute couture requires designers and workrooms to meet rigorous standards, such as fitting each design on a particular client. In other countries, talented designers and makers also create exquisite garments, both ready-to-wear and custom-made. Cultura changes over the last seven decades have encouraged fashion to become more democratic and more global, and ready -to-wear clothing- ranging from last fashion to very high-end- now dominates the market. Some designers, however, continue to use couture as a creative laboratory.


The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s costume and textile collection, one of the oldest and largest in the country, contains some 30,000 objects and continues to grow. Our thanks go to the many generous donors and supporters- past and present- who join us in celebrating the three-dimensional art form called fashion.”