From the NYU MA Costume Studies program:
NYU’s Costume Studies MA program opens an exhibition on fashion and performance on January 17th, in the 80WSE Gallery. The exhibition, co-curated by a group of eight students, explores the performative aspects of dress and the body as enacted by individuals and groups in New York City.
As the city itself is a stage for those seeking a spotlight, the exhibition surveys a variety of ways that fashion has been integral to performance in New York City. The exhibition’s approach to the term “fashion” is inclusive; a private moment or lavish costume party are equally worthy of examination as an expression of identity. It encompass concepts from the stage to the street, the personal, artistic, sexual, and political. Studio 54, burlesque, and 1980s Fire Island costume fêtes are among the spaces of performance considered in the exhibition.
A reception at 80WSE will be held on Wednesday, January 18, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.