Icons of Style:
Fashion Makers, Models, and Images

Friday, October 17, 2014 to Sunday, January 4, 2015

This exhibition celebrates the interconnected roles of fashion’s makers, the models who wear their designs, and the media that disseminate those looks to the world. Drawing on the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s rich collection of costumes, fashion illustrations, and photographs, the exhibition explores the process of creating icons of style from design concept to runway and the finished image. Fashion designers express their creative concepts through their runway shows, and the exhibition features runway pieces by John Galliano for Dior, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Olivier Theyskens for Rochas, Arnold Scaasi, and Christian Lacroix. Designers also collaborate with celebrity clients, using the latter’s star power to convey their vision. Garments worn by personalities such as Kate Blanchett and Winona Ryder as they walked the red carpet in Hollywood are featured in the exhibition. The power of fashion photography to capture and reinterpret the designer’s vision for a worldwide audience is also explored. The exhibition features 30 dressed mannequins, fashion illustrations, and photographs that reveal the richness of design, persona, and image.

This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.