The latest exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, An American Legacy, Norell, Blass, Halston, & Sprouse opened last week and I was fortunate enough to take a sneak peak tour of the exhibit during the Fashion Arts Society inaugural hat luncheon and let me assure you – An American Legacy is not to be missed.
Highlighting the work of four celebrated fashion designers: Normal Norell, Bill Blass, Stephen Sprouse and Halston, the exhibit is more than an opportunity to view iconic fashions – it is a chance to celebrate the life and work of these accomplished Hoosiers.
The creations featured in the exhibition span from the 1940s to the early 21st century, many of which are instantly recognizable, like this evening dress worn by Nancy Reagan on the occasion of a state dinner for Japan’s Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki and wife, Sachi Suzuki, May 7, 1981.
As well as reflecting the designer’s individual styles, visitors to the exhibit will also notice the influence their designs had on both the fashion and pop culture worlds. A 1972 evening dress designed by Halston based on Andy Warhol’s ‘flowers’ paintings is a perfect example.
The exhibition runs from May 4, 2012 – January 27, 2013 in the Gerald and Dorit Paul Galleries at the IMA.