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Fashion in Bloom

Start Date 04 April 2009
End Date 31 January 2010
Venue Indianapolis Museum of Art
Location Indianapolis, USA

This exhibition, drawn entirely from the IMA’s extensive Fashion Arts Collection, brings together 25 examples of fashion that feature flower motifs. For centuries, delicate forms and rich colors of flowers have captivated artists and designers alike. Using roses, poppies, petunias, peonies, chrysanthemums and wildflowers, artists gave life to the simplest of silhouettes. The floral patterns on these garments were executed in a range of techniques including printing, embroidery, beading and brocading. Among the designers whose work will be exhibited are Norman Norell, Bill Blass, Givenchy, Galanos, Trigere and Callot Soeurs. Fashion in Bloom offers an in-depth look at the major styles of Western fashion, by providing a framework of significant shifts in silhouettes of feminine attire from the late 1700s to 1970s.