Headed down under? Don’t miss Modern Love: Fashion Visionaries from the FIDM Museum LA, an exhibition of visionary late-20th & 21st century fashion from the FIDM Museum collection. Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia, will be the exclusive venue for this show, the first travelling exhibition of its kind from the FIDM Museum, Los Angeles. In today's post, Brenna Barks, contract preparator for the exhibition, describes the origins of this unique collaboration, shares exhibition highlights, and reveals her favorite elements of the exhibition.
The story begins in Australia in early 2012. Kevin Jones, FIDM Museum’s curator, was at the Bendigo Art Gallery in Victoria, Australia, installing a gown worn by Grace Kelly for the exhibit Grace Kelly: Style Icon. FIDM Museum's FABULOUS! exhibit had recently closed and the folks at Bendigo were so excited by Kevin's descriptions of the exhibit, they decided to bring some of the pieces to Bendigo. And so Modern Love: Fashion Visionaries from the FIDM Museum LA was born. It is also how I find myself writing for the FIDM Museum blog, having just finished a contract position as a preparator for this exhibit’s shipment to Australia.
Modern Love features 92 objects from the FIDM Museum’s permanent collection, and examines post-punk fashion through the work of the world’s most influential designers over the last 40 years. The exhibit features both garments and ephemera, with haute couture alongside casual and ready-to-wear. The work of Vivienne Westwood, Malcolm McLaren, Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake, Gianni Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan and John Galliano for Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld for both Chanel and Chloë, Rei Kawakubo, and a Thom Browne men’s ensemble straight off the Fall/Winter 2013/2014 runway, among others, will be on display in Bendigo, Australia from 26 October 2013 until 2 February 2014. Bendigo Art Gallery will also host a slew of exhibition related programs, including two presentations by Kevin Jones.