Oh Those Sleeves! A 1969 evening dress by Madame Alix Grès, made from taupe silk paper taffeta. (Photos by C-M.)
I’m not someone who is known for her fashion sense (my entire closet is one long, jazz-like riff on jeans and sneakers). But that doesn’t mean I can’t drool over a beautifully-constructed frock when I see one. And the American High Style exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, dedicated to chronicling the museum’s costume holdings, offered plenty to salivate over: Christian Dior, Elsa Schiaparelli, Cristobal Balenciaga, to name but a few. Of particular interest is the extensive collection of pieces by master cutter Charles James (1906-1978), whose Diamond Evening Dress (shown after the jump), made for heiress/philanthropist Dominique De Menil, is truly a wonder to behold.
Overall, this show is a winner — beautifully and cleanly presented (unlike its sister show at the Met, which is supposed to be a hot mess). The only bummer is that the curators decided to pipe in a lite music soundtrack of operatic ahhhhhs that seem to have been taken from a Disney musical (from the part of the film where the princess wakes up). It not only made me grit my teeth, it made me want to commit random acts of violence on small animals. My advice: if you truly want to enjoy this exhibit: pack an iPod.
The show is up at the Brooklyn Museum through Aug. 1.
Butterfly Dress, 1955, by Charles James. Part of the exhibit American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection at the Brooklyn Museum, opens tomorrow. (Image courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum.)
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- Seattle: Blake Haygood’s open studio, at the Publix Hotel, all day today until about 8:30pm.
- Chicago: The Seductiveness of the Interval, at the Renaissance Society, through June 27.
- Washington, D.C.: One Hour Photo, a group show, at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, opens Saturday.
- Washington, D.C.: Beat Memories, the Photographs of Allen Ginsberg, at the National Gallery, through Sept. 6.
- NYC: Edward Kienholz, Roxys, at David Zwirner Gallery, opens today.
- NYC: The Affordable Art Fair, opens today.
- NYC: JMR, Of Clouds and Something, at Mighty Tanaka in Brooklyn, opens today. (Part of DUMBO Gallery Walk.)
- NYC: American ReConstruction: An exhibition of new photography, at Edward Winkleman Gallery, opens Friday at 6pm.
- NYC: Single Fare, art of the MetroCard, at 224 Grand Street in Williamsburg, open Saturday at 6pm.
- NYC: Roxy Paine, China Blue, David Opdyke and many others, Nature of the Beast, at HP Garcia Gallery, through May 29.
- NYC: David Barnett, Sacred Creatures, at Denise Bibro, opens today at 6pm.
- Newburyport, Mass.: Craig Colorusso, Sun Boxes, at Important Records, this Saturday, from noon to sunset.
- S.F.: Matthew Paladino, Wonder Box, at Baer Ridgeway, opens Saturday at 4pm.
- S.F.: Alex Lukas and Matt Leines at Guerrero Gallery, opens Saturday at 7pm.
- L.A.: Lisi Raskin, Mt. Disappointment, at The Company, opens Saturday at 7pm.
- L.A.: Keith Haring, Urban Legend, at Carmichael Gallery, opens Saturday at 7pm.
- L.A.: Marc Johns and Steven Weissman, Butter and Blood, at Giant Robot, opens Saturday at 6:30 pm.
- Milan: TVBoy, Mash Up, at Art Kitchen, through May. (Thank you, *fab*.)