Curator Kevin Jones recently traveled to San Francisco to install loaned FIDM Museum objects in the de Young Museum's upcoming Oscar de la Renta retrospective! Read on to hear how our objects are installed at other institutions, and what it was liking working with fashion legend and former Vogue Editor at Large André Leon Tally.
It is always a pleasure to loan objects from the FIDM Museum to sister institutions and to work with fellow museum professionals. Not only do we reach new audiences viewing our objects, but the objects have contextualized reasons to be brought out of dark storage and exhibited in all their glory. We often get to travel to fun locals for installation…hence my reason for being in San Francisco last week. The FIDM Museum is loaning three ensembles to the upcoming Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective exhibition (March 12–May 30, 2016) at the de Young Museum. Co-curated by fashion-legend André Leon Tally, Jennifer Park, and Molly Sorkin, this will be a huge (130 mannequins) blockbuster not to miss, especially if you love the high glamour of high society!
The following photos are a run-through of installing the FIDM Museum ensembles:
Our crate arrives! de Young art handlers transport and unscrew the crate in one of the very full galleries where the exhibition is being staged. The crate arrived the week before and was allowed to acclimatize before being opened. This helps the garments to adjust to atmospheric differences between Los Angeles and San Francisco. At left (out of view) was my worktable where I unpacked the archival boxes one-by-one as I dressed each ensemble.