'The History of Fashion Exhibitions, From Bland to Blockbusters' Webinar

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While the world-renowned Costume Institute was officially added to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1946, the department didn't attract many visitors during its early years — like many museums, their traditional costume displays featured relatively bland settings, causing the clothes to seem “lifeless” and archaic. That all changed when Diana Vreeland, the former Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, joined the museum in 1972, and used showy theatrical displays to make historical fashion more glamorous and exciting for modern audiences.

The scale and popularity of fashion exhibitions have continued to skyrocket in recent years, regularly attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to museums, while proving that fashion is a subject worthy of serious consideration. This is the story of how fashion exhibitions became blockbuster spectacles, raising the status of fashion from a frivolous pursuit to a true form of art.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the history of fashion exhibitions by taking a deep-dive into how they enrich our understanding of history and culture.

Led by fashion historian Sara Idacavage, this fast-paced webinar with interactive elements along the way will include:

  • A crash-course through the history of fashion exhibitions, from examples of groundbreaking curators to shows that changed how the world views fashion and art
  • A discussion on the central debates that have surrounded fashion exhibitions from their inception, including issues related to commercialism, historical accuracy, and even the concept of fashion as a form of art
  • A look at the importance of material culture and what we can learn from examining historic garments and accessories, as well as the unique challenges that curators and conservators face when working with these types of objects
  • A behind-the-scenes glimpse into what goes into creating fashion exhibitions, from selecting themes to building mannequins that must be customized for each piece
  • A virtual tour of some of the best online fashion exhibitions and collections, demonstrating how it’s still possible to enjoy the museum experience from the comforts of home

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Sara — any and all questions about fashion exhibitions are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you're using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Sara

Sara Idacavage is a fashion historian, archivist, and vintage collector with a background in fashion journalism. She currently teaches courses at Parsons School of Design, the Pratt Institute, and the Fashion Institute of Technology, and is an Associate Editor of The Fashion Studies Journal. Sara previously managed the Parsons Fashion Study Collection, worked as an archivist for prominent American fashion designers, and interned in the costume collection at the Museum of the City of New York.


"The most well-researched, multi-visual lecture I've ever seen online. The teacher was amazingly prepared." -Sanford

"Sara's passion for the topic as well as the breadth of content covered was fantastic." -Anthony

"The presenter had a lot of energy and had obviously done a lot of work to prepare a comprehensive review. The presentation was very visually appealing - lots to look at." -Molly

"Sara was personable and very informative. It was interactive and I never had to leave my sofa." -Carroll

"In depth, authoritative, informed, excellent presentation" -Jeremy

"Lots of info on an exciting subject explored by a passionate observer teacher fan, who is also charming and fun. What’s not to love?" -Lenore

"Sara is an excellent, engaging presenter. The topic is interesting by itself, but she's a dynamo and i'd listen to her read pork futures." -Scott

"Sara addressed audience with energy and personality, which elevated the webinar in many ways." -Monte

"The teacher! So knowledgeable and excited about the subject . You don’t get tired of listening to her." -Cristiane


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Categories: Virtual, Art & Entertainment

Photo Credit: Diana Vreeland - ©Lynn_Gilbert, Theatre De La Mode - @Glen Bledsoe

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