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An American Legacy: Norell, Blass, Halston and Sprouse

Start Date 04 May 2012
End Date 27 January 2013
Venue Indianapolis Museum of Art
Location Indianapolis, USA
Curator Petra Slinkard
Designer Lara Huchteman
Exhibition entrance with dressed mannequins
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins and imagery

An American Legacy: Norell, Blass, Halston & Sprouse highlights the achievements of celebrated fashion designers Norman Norell, Bill Blass, Stephen Sprouse and Halston, all of whom hailed from Indiana. Spanning more than 50 years of fashion history, the exhibition presents the work of four innovative designers, their individual styles and lasting influence on American fashion. The exhibition features 51 garments drawn from the IMA’s comprehensive collection, augmented with major loans from the archives of Stephen Sprouse. Established in 1973 with the donation of five pieces from the estate of Norman Norell, the IMA’s American fashion design collection now comprises more than 500 pieces from Norell, Blass and Halston alone, one of the largest of its kind in the country.

Images © Indianapolis Museum of Art/Newfields.