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Complimenting the Museum of Wisconsin Art’s summer fashion exhibitions, CoPA is pleased to present a juried exhibition in partnership with MOWA and St. John’s on the Lake. The prospectus for this exhibit, In a Fashion follows:
In a Fashion asks you to find inspiration in fashion and explore all its facets including design, style, and trends—to name a few. Fashion can knit groups together within a shared identity but also express individuality. It is not only the final product of clothing seen on a runway. It is a process that begins with the conception of an idea and continues through patterning and how it fits the body. Fashion permeates society—both subtly and overtly. It can be found in the ornamentation on architecture, ribbons of river woven through a textured landscape, or to the technical mastery of good construction. We just ask you to be fierce, fabulous…and FASHIONABLE!
American Style and Spirit showcases stunning haute couture evening gowns and daywear bought and worn by members of the Roddis family of Marshfield, Wisconsin. Spanning six generations and stored in the Roddis family home attic for decades, this amazing collection of women’s clothing is both a time capsule of American fashion and a remarkable story about individual expression and taste set against a backdrop of rural Wisconsin. Elegant and stylish dresses by such important designers as Louis Féraud, Nina Ricci, Oscar de la Renta, and Yves Saint Laurent are included in the exhibition.
More than just beautiful children’s clothes, Florence Eiseman endeavored to “make a child look like a child.” This directive was at the core of her philosophy and helped define the look of childhood in the Postwar Era, offering a new design perspective on the history of the baby boom and a new vision of the family-centered prosperity that followed WWII.
This exhibition brings together eight contemporary designers that push the boundaries of fashion by exploring form, function and ornamentation.