Lillian Bassman, The V-Back Evenings, Dress by Pauline Trigère, Model Suzy Parker, Harper's Bazaar, New York, July 1955. Courtesy of the artist.
Cocktail Culture: Ritual and Invention in American Fashion 1920–198
Friday, April 15 - Sunday, July 31, 2011
Organized by the Museum’s Department of Costume and Textiles and curated by Joanne Dolan Ingersoll, Cocktail Culture is the first multi-disciplinary exhibition to explore the social ritual of drinking and entertainment through the lens of fashion and design. The exhibition will feature more than 150 objects—including decorative art such as barware and furniture and graphic arts, photography, and advertising—with examples of cocktail attire by Cristobal Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain, Geoffrey Beene, Pierre Cardin, Hattie Carnegie, Coco Chanel, Ceil Chapman, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Jacques Fath, James Galanos, Hubert de Givenchy, Halston, Mr. John, Sally Victor, Jeanne Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Claire McCardell, Norman Norell, Jean Patou, Elsa Schiaparelli, Pauline Trigère, and other designers.
Cocktail Culture is sponsored by Swarovski.
Additional support is provided by The Coby Foundation.
For more information please visit: The Museum of Art, RSID