In America: A Lexicon of Fashion
Sep 18, 2021 - Sep 5, 2022
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The Costume Institute’s next major exhibition is a two-part exploration of fashion in the United States. Part one in the Anna Wintour Costume Center will establish a modern vocabulary of American style emphasizing the expressive qualities of dress and deeper associations with issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Inspired by a patchwork quilt, the design of the galleries will feature approximately 100 individual ensembles encased and arranged as “squares” in horizontal and vertical rows representing the qualities that collectively define American fashion. Designs by pioneers of American style and works by a diverse group of contemporary designers will illustrate the shifting vernacular of American fashion defined by feelings of belonging, comfort, delight, exuberance, fear, sentimentality, and well-being, among other qualities.

Part two, In America: An Anthology of Fashion—opening in the American Wing period rooms on May 5, 2022—will present narratives that explore the development of fashion in the United States as they relate to the complex and layered histories of those spaces. Parts one and two will close on September 5, 2022.
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