Why is fashion "in fashion" in museums today? This timely volume brings together expert scholars and curators to examine the reasons behind fashion's popularity in the twenty-first century museum and the impact this has had on wider museum practice. Chapters explore the role of fashion in the museum across a range of international case studies including the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Fashion Museum at Bath, ModeMuseum in Antwerp and many more. Contributions look at topics such as how fashion has made museums accessible to diverse audiences and how curators present broader themes and issues such as gender, class and technology innovatively through exhibiting fashion. Drawing on approaches from dress history, fashion studies, museum studies and curatorship, this engaging book will be key reading for students and scholars across a range of disciplines.
Introduction Understanding Fashion and Dress Museology, Marie Riegels Melchior, Designmuseum Danmark, Denmark Section I: The Power of Fashion. When Museums Enter New Territory The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: An Evolving History, Harold Koda & Jesscica Glasscock, The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Understanding Fashion through the Museum, Jose Teunissen, Arnhem Design School, The Netherlands. Contemporary Fashion History in Museums, Marco Pecorari, Centre for Fashion Studies, University of Stockholm, Sweden Appraised, displayed and concealed: Fashion Photography on the Swedish Museum Stage, Anna Dahlgren, Department of Art History, University of Stockholm, Sweden Section II: Fashion Controversies. When Bodies Become Public Gender considerations in fashion history exhibitions, Julia Petrov, School of Creative and Critical Studies, Alberta College of Art and Design, Canada. Class and Gender in a Museum Collection: Female Skiwear, Marianne Larsson, Nordiska museet, Sweden Exhibiting the Body, Dress and Time in Museums: A Historical Perspective, Anne-Sophie Hjemdahl, University of Oslo, Norway Section III: In Practice From Museum of Costume to Fashion Museum: In the case of the Fashion Museum in Bath, Rosemary Harden, The Fashion Museum in Bath, United Kingdom Collecting Practice: Designmuseum Danmark, Kirsten Toftegaard, Designmuseum Danmark, Denmark Engaging the public in issues of Dress and Identity: A Case Study of Amagermuseet in Denmark, Ingeborg Phillipsen, Museum Amager, Denmark Learning through Fashion: The Norwegian Museum of Science, Technology and Medicine, Tone Rasch & Ingebjorg Eidhammer, The Norwegian Museum of Science, Technology and Medicine, Norway Autobiography as a proposed approach to a fashion exhibition, Jeffrey Horsley, London Collage of Fashion, United Kingdom In Conclusion: Museums dressed in fashion, Birgitta Svensson, Nordiska museet, Sweden Bibliography Index