Fashion and Museums
Theory and Practice
Marie Riegels Melchior and Birgitta Svensson (eds)
Why is fashion "in fashion" in museums today? This timely volume brings together expert scholars and curators to examine the reasons behind fashion's popularity in the twenty-first century museum and the impact this has had on wider museum practice.
Chapters explore the role of fashion in the museum across a range of international case studies including the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Fashion Museum at Bath, ModeMuseum in Antwerp and many more. Contributions look at topics such as how fashion has made museums accessible to diverse audiences and how curators present broader themes and issues such as gender, class and technology innovatively through exhibiting fashion.
Drawing on approaches from dress history, fashion studies, museum studies and curatorship, this engaging book will be key reading for students and scholars across a range of disciplines.
Table of contents
- Notes on Contributors pp. xv–xviii
- Introduction: Understanding Fashion and Dress Museology pp. 1–19
- Section 1: The Power of Fashion: When Museums Enter New Territory
- Section 2: Fashion Controversies: When Bodies Become Public
- From Museum of Costume to Fashion Museum: The Case of The Fashion Museum in Bath pp. 127–138
- Collecting Practice: Designmuseum Danmark pp. 139–151
- Engaging The Public in Issues of Dress And Identity: A Case Study of Amagermuseet in Denmark pp. 152–167
- Learning Through Fashion: The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology pp. 168–179
- Autobiography as A Proposed Approach to A Fashion Exhibition pp. 180–196
- In Conclusion: Museums Dressed in Fashion pp. 197–205