The Indianapolis Museum of Art is a respected Indianapolis art institution that constantly reinvents itself, creating new reasons for Indianapolis people to stop by this beautiful Indianapolis nonprofit organization. On April 10 of 2010, the Indianapolis Museum of Art opens a new exhibit called Body Unbound: Contemporary Couture from the IMA’s Collection, open through January 30, 2011. Explore female fashion and the manipulation of the female figure in a parade of designers. As always, the IMA is open FREE to the Indianapolis community, making it an Indianapolis attraction to visit early and visit often!
Body Unbound offers a chance for the IMA to show off their extensive fashion arts collection, including some new acquisitions. The exhibit explores the many ways designers have altered and manipulated the female figure. The momentous exhibition features designs from some of the most well known names in fashion including Rudi Gernreich, Issey Miyake, Junya Wantanabe, Thierry Mugler, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Gianne Versace and many other avante garde fashion designers. These designers not only produced beautiful works for fashion art, but also changed the global perception of the female body.
Body Unbound travels through more than fifty years of fashion, with pieces that date back to 1960. In Body Unbound, IMA patrons will have the opportunity to see how these designers used “modern construction and unexpected materials to contort, conceal, reveal or mock their wearers.” These fashion visionaries changed the world with their wearable art, playing with ideas of line, texture and emotion as they created clothing.
The work of prophetic designers like Rudi Gernreich and Jean-Paul Gaultier reveals how some designers played with the idea of shape and construction to challenge mid-century ideals of form. Pieces from Issay Miyake and Junya Wantanabe create a kind of “universal beauty” based on theories of androgyny. These Japanese designers worked in Paris in the 1980s and 1990s, promoting an alternate way of styling the body by disguising recognizable contours and silhouettes. Pieces in Body Unbound from Thierry Mugler, Gianne Versace and Franco Moschino demonstrate how designers broke free from conventional textiles using more innovative fabric bases and subversive design elements. These designers toyed with both seduction and femininity in their work.
See the work of some of the most influential designers of the twentieth century on display at the IMA in the Paul Textile and Fashion Arts galleries. These avante garde artists helped build the path to fashions of today and tomorrow through their innovative thinking and design techniques. Organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Body Unbound reveals the true depth of fashion and textile arts at the IMA.
This Indianapolis art museum began their collection of textile and fashion arts with the acquisition of an Irish embroidery in 1888. Today, the collection has grown to include more than 7,000 items and pieces, a virtual walk through the world’s traditions in fabric. From Asia, the IMA has collected costumes from China, kimonos and Buddhist robes from Japan, Kashmir shawls, ceremonial hangings from Indian and a large group of textiles from Japan. The IMA has rugs and kilims from Iran, Ottoman embroideries from Turkey and ceremonial costumes and textiles from Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
In addition the IMA has a large collection of African textiles, including rugs, costumes and embroideries from Morocco. With European holding that date back to the late sixteenth century up to the nineteenth century, the IMA’s collection of lace spans 500 years. They also have a well defined collection of European couture from designers like Dior, Balenciaga, Chanel, Gaultier and Versace.
Don’t miss Body Unbound at the IMA, opening Saturday, April 10. This Indianapolis museum constantly offers new and exciting events for Indianapolis arts. After a walk through the Indianapolis art galleries at the IMA, head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, for a bite to eat. With plenty of Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars to choose from, your taste buds will never be bored in Broad Ripple.
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Body Unbound: Contemporary Couture from the IMA’s Collection
April 10, 2010 to January 30, 2011
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