April 13–September 2, 2024

Dress Up

“Playing dress up begins at five and never truly ends.”—Kate Spade

Our choice of dress can make a political statement, express a mood, or communicate personal identities. Through more than 100 works from the MFA’s collection including 20th- and 21st-century clothing, jewelry, accessories, illustrations, and photographs, this exhibition explores adornment and its role in the creation of a look.

Jewelry and fashion are given equal attention here; there is no delineation between the two to encourage thinking of jewelry as fashion and fashion as jewelry. Objects with beads, sequins, and sparkle blur the lines between each genre and help visitors consider how and where the two can—and do—intersect.

Gallery Talks at Member Night

During Art in Bloom Member Night on April 27, members are invited to join theo tyson, curator of fashion, for gallery talks in “Dress Up” with special guest Thom Solo, Boston-based artist and shoe designer whose work is featured in the exhibition.

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  • Henry and Lois Foster Gallery (Gallery 158)

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Additional generous support from the David and Roberta Logie Fund for Textile and Fashion Arts. Supported by the Loring Textile Gallery Exhibition Fund and the Fashion Council.

With gratitude to Leica Gallery & Store Boston.