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Fashion, History, Museums


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List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: Fashion as Museum Object 1. Foundation Garments: Precedents for Fashion History Exhibitions in Museums 2. Window Shopping: Commercial Inspiration for Fashion in the Museum 3. The New Objectivity: Social Science Methods for the Display of Dress 4. Intervisuality: Displaying Fashion as Art 5. Tableaux Vivants: The Influence of Theatre 6. The Body in the Gallery: Revivifying Historical Fashion 7. The Way of All Flesh: Displaying the Historicity of Historical Fashion 8. The New Look: Contemporary Trends in Fashion Exhibitions Notes Bibliography Index

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A history of fashion curation and exhibitions, highlighting the continuity of past and present curatorial practices, and making connections between museum fashion and the wider fashion industry.

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Julia Petrov is Curator of Western Canadian History at the Royal Alberta Museum, Canada.


The book serves as a valuable entry into the continually evolving field of fashion curation and would make a worthwhile purchase for any library with programs in art history, museum studies, fashion studies, or design history. * ARLIS/NA Reviews *
[Contains] rich illustrations ... Moreover, with 20 pages of references, the book confirms itself as a precious source in the study of the subject. Perhaps more interestingly, it is possible that this publication will become the ever-present reference in future books ... Petrov's work is inspiring for scholars not just for the contents but even for her disciplined writing. The quoted exhibitions are, without a doubt, the greatest strength in this study. * The Journal of Dress History *
A remarkable resource for the field of fashion studies suitable for both newcomers who will appreciate the abundance of history and references, as well as seasoned practitioners that may see their own work in a different light ... One of the most striking aspects of this book [is] that the issues that seem to plague every fashion exhibition, from mannequin heads and wigs to gaps in the collection, have been with us from the start. Perhaps with the addition of this book, we can collectively start to sort out solutions. * Fashion Historia *
Comprehensive, well-argued and original, this book includes invaluable insights from a practicing curator and historian, and places the museum exhibition in the larger discourse of fashion and its history. -- Hazel Clark, Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, USA
Petrov's sharp and critical insights put the current worldwide rise of fashion exhibitions in an historic continuum, raising questions that should be on the mind of every fashion curator or museum working with fashion. By far the most thought provoking book on fashion curation of the past years. -- Kaat Debo, Director and Chief Curator, MoMu Fashion Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
This is a valuable addition to the scholarship dedicated to the complex relationship between fashion and museums. Petrov retraces connections and highlights pivotal experiences, providing a thorough study - useful not only to consider history, but also to reflect on future practices. -- Maria Luisa Frisa, Universita IUAV di Venezia, Italy
This is an insightful addition to the growing field of fashion curating. Stretching over the last century and beyond, Petrov's contribution is an original analysis of the museum as a site where fashion, commerce, art and history intertwine. [A] must-read for students of fashion and anyone interested in the field. -- Annamari Vanska, co-editor of 'Fashion Curating' (Bloomsbury, 2017), and Aalto University, Finland
A welcome account of the key historical developments in establishing the display of dress and, in turn, the culture of fashion exhibitions; a useful contribution to fashion studies. -- Alistair O'Neill, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK

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