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Sneak Peek: The Ringling Museum’s “Icons of Style” Exhibit

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The exhibit will open to the public on October 4.

October 1, 2013


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Woman’s evening dress in two parts (dress)

It’s no doubt that even the casual follower of style has heard the buzz about highly popular fashion exhibitions like Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at The Met, or Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective at the Denver Art Museum or Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.  Highlighting the works of iconic prêt-a-porter to haute couture houses is quickly becoming the exhibition theme of the moment, and one that’s in demand.  So, wisely, the curators at The Ringling have arranged for one close to home, titled Icons of Style, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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“De La Fumée – Robe de Madeleine Vionnet,” plate 13 from Gazette du Bon Ton,
Volume 1, No. 2

What’s more: The Ringling is currently the only U.S. venue for this incredible collection, which celebrates the interconnected roles of fashion’s influencers, from designers to illustrators to models and muses to photographers. In this exhibit, you’ll explore the art of fashion from concept to collaboration.

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Page from sketch book – Fall 1958 Part 1; designed by Arnold Scaasi

Style savants will love hearing that the exhibition of 30 dressed mannequins, 60 illustrations and 42 fashion photographs will include catwalk designs by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Olivier Theyskens for Rochas, Helmut Lang, Rodarte and Christian Lacroix. In addition, you’ll find garments that have walked Hollywood’s finest red carpets, worn by the likes of Kate Blanchett, Barbra Streisand and Kristen Davis, as well as photographs by icons like Patrick Demarchelier, Richard Avedon, and Irving Penn.

If you’re finding yourself wanting to take in the exhibit it opens October 4, closing January 5.  For more information call (941) 359-5700 or visit ringling.org.

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Woman’s ensemble in two parts (coat); designed by Arnold Scaasi

Photographs shown above:

Woman’s evening dress in two parts (dress)
Designed by: Olivier Theyskens (Belgian, born in 1977)
For: House of Rochas (French, founded in 1925)
French (Paris), Spring/Summer 2005
Silk plain weave (gazar); tulle; Turkey (Meleagris) feathers
Center front: 149.9 cm (59 in.)
Center back: 198.1 cm (78 in.)
Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

De La Fumée – Robe de Madeleine Vionnet,” plate 13 from Gazette du Bon Ton, Volume 1, No. 2
Thayaht (born Ernesto Michahelles in Italy, 1893–1959) (Italian, 1893–1959)
Illustrating design by: Madeleine Vionnet (French, 1876–1975)
Publisher: Librairie Centrale des Beaux-arts
French, March 1922
Lithograph with hand-applied color (pochoir)
Overall: 25.4 x 19.1 cm (10 x 7 1/2 in.)
Transferred from the William Morris Hunt Memorial Library

Page from sketch book – Fall 1958 Part 1
Arnold Scaasi (American, born in 1930)
American, Fall 1958
Ink, pencil, or paint on paper; fabric
Length x width: 28 x 22 cm (11 x 8 11/16 in.)
Arnold Scaasi Design Drawings—Museum purchase with funds donated by
Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf

Woman’s ensemble in two parts (coat)
Designed by: Arnold Scaasi (American, born in 1930)
American, Fall 1958
Silk satin weave with metallic patterning wefts; silk satin weave; metal
Center back: 107 cm (42 1/8 in.)
Arnold Scaasi Collection-Gift of Arnold Scaasi
Made possible through the generous support of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf, anonymous donors, Penny and Jeff Vinik, Lynne and Mark Rickabaugh, Jane and Robert Burke, Carol Wall, Mrs. I. W. Colburn, Megan O’Block, Lorraine Bressler, and Daria Petrilli-Eckert

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