Fashion, History, Museums: Inventing the display of dress

Author:   Julia Petrov (Royal Alberta Museum, Canada)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN:  

9781350048997


Pages:   248
Publication Date:   07 February 2019
Format:   Hardback
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The last decade has seen the growing popularity and visibility of fashion as a cultural product, including its growing presence in museum exhibitions. This book explores the history of fashion displays, highlighting the continuity of past and present curatorial practices. Comparing and contrasting exhibitions from different museums and decades-from the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900 to the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011, and beyond-it makes connections between museum fashion and the wider fashion industry. By critically analyzing trends in fashion exhibition practice over the 20th and early 21st centuries, Julia Petrov defines and describes the varied representations of historical fashion within British and North American museum exhibitions. Rooted in extensive archival research on exhibitions by global leaders in the field-from the Victoria and Albert and the Bath Fashion Museum to the Brooklyn and the Royal Ontario Museums-the work reveals how fashion exhibitions have been shaped by the values and anxieties associated with fashion more generally. Supplemented by parallel critical approaches, including museological theory, historiography, body theory, material culture, and visual studies, Fashion History in the Museum demonstrates that in an increasingly corporate and mass-mediated world, fashion exhibitions must be analysed in a comparative and global context. Richly illustrated with 70 images, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of fashion history and museology, as well as curators, conservators, and exhibition designers.

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Author:   Julia Petrov (Royal Alberta Museum, Canada)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Visual Arts
ISBN:  

9781350048997


ISBN 10:   1350048992
Pages:   248
Publication Date:   07 February 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: Fashion as Museum Object 1. Foundation Garments: Precedents for Fashion History Exhibitions in Museums 2. Window Shopping: Commercial Inspiration for Fashion in the Museum 3. The New Objectivity: Social Science Methods for the Display of Dress 4. Intervisuality: Displaying Fashion as Art 5. Tableaux Vivants: The Influence of Theatre 6. The Body in the Gallery: Revivifying Historical Fashion 7. The Way of All Flesh: Displaying the Historicity of Historical Fashion 8. The New Look: Contemporary Trends in Fashion Exhibitions Notes Bibliography Index

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Comprehensive, well-argued and original, this book includes invaluable insights from a practicing curator and historian, and places the museum exhibition in the larger discourse of fashion and its history. -- Hazel Clark, Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, USA Petrov's sharp and critical insights put the current worldwide rise of fashion exhibitions in an historic continuum, raising questions that should be on the mind of every fashion curator or museum working with fashion. By far the most thought provoking book on fashion curation of the past years. -- Kaat Debo, Director and Chief Curator, MoMu Fashion Museum, Antwerp, Belgium This is a valuable addition to the scholarship dedicated to the complex relationship between fashion and museums. Petrov retraces connections and highlights pivotal experiences, providing a thorough study - useful not only to consider history, but also to reflect on future practices. -- Maria Luisa Frisa, Universita IUAV di Venezia, Italy This is an insightful addition to the growing field of fashion curating. Stretching over the last century and beyond, Petrov's contribution is an original analysis of the museum as a site where fashion, commerce, art and history intertwine. [A] must-read for students of fashion and anyone interested in the field. -- Annamari Vanska, co-editor of 'Fashion Curating' (Bloomsbury, 2017), and Aalto University, Finland A welcome account of the key historical developments in establishing the display of dress and, in turn, the culture of fashion exhibitions; a useful contribution to fashion studies. -- Alistair O'Neill, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK


Comprehensive, well-argued and original, the book includes invaluable insights from a practicing curator and historian, and places the museum exhibition in the larger discourse of fashion and its history. -- Hazel Clark, Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, USA


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Julia Petrov is Curator of Western Canadian History at the Royal Alberta Museum, Canada.

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