Podcasts with Parker: The Fashion Exhibition Craze

Massive Crowds at Met’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. Josh Harner. New York Times. 29 July 2011. https://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/fashion/mets-mcqueen-retrospective-is-expected-to-break-records.html

Fashion exhibitions have grown to be a huge event in the recent decade both within the fashion and museum worlds.  Through this podcast, I examine the potential reasons for their success.



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Bourdieu, Pierre with Alain Darbel and Dominique Schnapper.  The Love of Art: European Art Museums and their Public. Cambridge: Polity, 1990.

Bowles, Hamish.  Vogue & the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People.  New York: Abrams, 2014.

Clark, Judith and Amy de la Haye with Jeff Horsley.  Exhibition Fashion: Before and After 1971.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014.

Christin, Angèle.  “Gender and highbrow cultural participation in the United States.”  Poetics, vol. 40 (2012): 423-443.

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Dowd, Maureen.  “‘Heavenly Bodies,’ the Met’s Biggest Show Ever, Earns Its Hallelujahs.”  Vogue.  11 April 2018.  https://www.vogue.com/article/met-gala-2018-heavenly-bodies-fashion-and-the-catholic-imagination-vogue-may-2018-issue

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Kuldova, Tereza.  “Fashion exhibition as a critique of contemporary museum exhibitions: The case of ‘Fashion India: Spectacular Capitalism.”  Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty, Vol. 5, No. 2 (2014): 313-335.

Melchoir, Marie Riegels and Birgitta Svensson (eds.).  Fashion and Museums: Theory and Practice.  London: Bloomsbury, 2014.

Menkes, Suzy.  “Gone Global: Fashion as Art?”  New York Times. 04 July 2011.  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/05/fashion/is-fashion-really-museum-art.html

Palmer, Alexandra.  “Untouchable: Creating Desire and Knowledge in Museum Costume and Textile Exhibitions.” Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture.  12:1 (2008): 31-63.

Rocamora, Agnès.  “Pierre Bourdieu: The Field of Fashion.”  In Thinking Through Fashion: A Guide to Key Theorists, eds. Agnès Rocamora and Anneke Smelik.  London: I.B. Tauris, 2016: 233-250. 

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Steele, Valerie. “Museum Quality: The Rise of the Fashion Exhibition.”  Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture.  12:1 (2008): 7-30.

The First Monday in May.  Directed by Andrew Rossi.  2016: Magnolia Pictures.  Film.

Vänskä, Annamari and Hazel Clark (eds.).  Fashion Curating: Critical Practice in the Museum and Beyond.  New York: Bloomsbury, 2017.

Wilson, Eric.  “At the Met, McQueen’s Final Showstopper.”  New York Times.  29 July 2011.  https://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/fashion/mets-mcqueen-retrospective-is-expected-to-break-records.html

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