From: Los Angeles County Museum of Art Limited Edition: 35 Exhibition: Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915 Material: Printed vinyl Dimensions: 35" x 96" (88.9cm x 243.84cm)
Hanging Hardware Included
These banners are offered for sale as a pair. The complete image spans two banners which, hung side-by-side, create an amazing diptych which covers a 6' by 8' space. Just place one (1) banner in your shopping cart, and you will receive two so you may display the banners as originally designed.
Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1914 was one of three inaugural exhibitions held at LACMA's Resnick Pavilion, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano.
World renowned for his mastery of incorporating natural light into his buildings, including the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, Piano has the distinction of designing the largest purpose-built, naturally lit, open-plan museum space in the world with this new pavilion.
Groundbreaking also was the subject of Fashioning Fashion, the culmination of a 2008 acquisition that when added to LACMA's collection of European clothing and textiles, made for the museum's most comprehensive exhibition of European costumes to date.
Fashioning Fashion examined the evolution of fashion for the wealthy from the Age of Enlightenment to World War I. It featured nearly 160 pieces created over a span of 200 years which saw revolution, global expansion, and technological explosion.
Starting with a series of white gowns, the curators sought to reveal how fashion emphasized different aspects of the female anatomy. The late 1700s emphasized the hip region with rectangular hoop petticoats that made the waist appear tiny and the backside voluminous. The French Revolution brought looser, empire waistlines and lower necklines that accentuated a long and lean figure. Though men’s fashions changed more slowly, they too underwent important transformations, from embroidered waistcoats, velvet breeches, and accessories (such as the “Hercules club” to fend off partisan attacks during the Revolution), to more subdued, comfortable suits and ties in the early 1900s. One particular highlight was a man’s vest elaborately embroidered with a caterpillar, a butterfly with broken wings, and slogans epitomizing both sides of the French conflict all on a patriotic blue, red, and white background.
With the introduction of paper patterns, the tape measure, and the sewing machine during the 19th century, fashion details could be exacted with greater skill and efficiency. Focus began shifting away from luxurious fabrics and lush trimmings towards the art of tailoring. The regal purple and white striped dress featured on LACMA’s street banner used to promote this exhibition was included in a section dedicated solely to tailoring. While the most exclusive custom-made gowns were still largely hand sewn, tailoring was emerging as a force that would make fashionable dress more accessible for Europe’s middle class.
The dress of silk twill and plain-weave stripes on the banner is a robe à l'anglaise, a close-bodied gown, from 1785-1790. The robe à l'anglaise was adopted by late 18th century French women who favored the more outdoorsy, country fashions of English women. It was a fitted garment with separate fitted pieces or a multitude of back pleats designed to fit close to the body. While the skirt on the featured dress is still full, gone are the hoop petticoats, panniers, and large bustles. The front of the banner shows the back, right side in detail of the dress with “FASHIONING FASHION” in sideways vertical white letters. The dates, “10.2.2010–3.6.2011,” of the exhibition, along with the banner vendor name and phone number, appear at the bottom also in white letters. The back side of the banner shows the back, left side of the same dress. The banner is sold as a pair; the front of one banner installed next to the back of another complete the dress.