Exhibitions NYC. Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy.

April 11, 2008 • Events

Gareth Pugh Spring ’07

Again, this comes via Joanne Molina at The Curated Object

Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

May 7-September 1, 2008

As superheroes enjoy a surge in mass
popularity, The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
will explore the symbolic and metaphorical associations between these
fictional characters and fashion in Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy,
an exhibition at the Museum from May 7 through September 1, 2008. The
exhibition will feature approximately 60 ensembles including movie
costumes, avant-garde haute couture, and high-performance sportswear to
reveal how the superhero serves as the ultimate metaphor for fashion
and its ability to empower and transform the human body.

The exhibition is made possible by Giorgio Armani.
Additional support is provided by Condé Nast.

superhero imagery has suffused almost every aspect of popular culture,"
said Andrew Bolton, Curator in the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume
Institute. "The superhero’s iconic costume of cape, mask, and bodysuit
finds many fashionable permutations. But fashion’s embrace of the
superhero extends beyond iconography, to issues of identity, sexuality,
and nationalism. Fashion shares with the superhero an inherent
metaphorical malleability which fuels its fascination with the idea and
the ideal of the superhero."

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