The Cheap Sunglasses Tour, 9: From Grit to Glamour

January 24, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

          The special exhibition at Crystal Bridges was  Fashioning America: From Grit to Glamour.  While it was not as spectacular as some exhibits of fashion as art that I have been privileged to see, it was interesting enough to merit the price of the tickets.  Many of the garments had been selected to illustrate the notion that this nation is one comprised of immigrants, innovators, and underdogs.  

This is Citizen Dress, made by Maria de los Angeles  in 2019.  The sculptor was born in Mexico and lives in New York City.  Her work addresses immigration, sovereignty, hypocrisy, and power, among other issues.

Nudie Cohn, a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant, is credited with creating the Rhinestone Cowboy style, Western wear adapted for Hollywood.

The Chrysler Building was twinned on this Art Deco jacket from the 1930's. 

 

 


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