NYU Steinhardt’s Visual Culture: Costume Studies graduate program in the Department of Art and Art Professions will present an exhibition of contemporary fashion designs entitled Imprint (NYC): The Evolution of Motifs in Fashion opening January 12. The exhibition will explore the critical history, potent symbolism, and iconic contemporary use of popular motifs in fashion. It will remain on view in The Rosenberg Gallery through February 4, 2012.
Imprint (NYC) will have an opening reception Thurs., Jan. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. An exhibition symposium will be held Wed., Jan. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. (preceded by a reception at 5 p.m.). The Rosenberg Gallery is located in NYU’s Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant St. (between 3rd and 2nd Avenues). Subways: 6/Astor Place or R/8thStreet. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours: Wed. through Sat., 2 to 8 p.m.; Sun. noon to 6 p.m. For additional information, contact Fernan González at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Polka-dots, stripes, camouflage, novelty/conversational prints, houndstooth, plaid, animal prints, and “digital rococo” will all be represented in Imprint (NYC) by current and emerging designers from the New York metropolitan area includingThom Browne, Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Jeremy Scott, Stephen Sprouse, and Jason Wu, among others.
Imprint (NYC) has been curated by graduate students from the Visual Culture: Costume Studies program under the direction of Shannon Price, associate research curator at the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A fully illustrated online catalogue with essays by the curators will accompany the exhibition.
The field of costume studies is one of the most exciting areas of current visual arts research. Since 1979, the NYU Steinhardt M.A.program in Visual Culture: Costume Studies has focused on the history of costume and textiles in its broadest aesthetic and cultural context. It is the first curriculum in the United States to educate specialists in this field.
(Jeremy Scott, Fall 2009, Photo courtesy of the Jeremy Scott Studio.)