About the Exhibition

Breaking the Mode: Contemporary Fashion
from the Permanent Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

March 16-June 1, 2008

This extensive exhibition of contemporary fashion from LACMA’s permanent collection examines designers who have challenged the canons of the body’s fashionable silhouette, revolutionized methods of garment construction, rejected the formulaic use of materials and techniques, and exploited new technology in textile production. Among the more than 40 international designers whose work will be exhibited are Jean-Paul Gaultier, Rei Kawakubo, Martin Margiela, Issey Miyake, Thierry Mugler and Yohiji Yamamoto, with historical examples by Gilbert Adrian, Christian Dior and Charles James.

Simply Halston

April 12, 2008-January 4, 2009

Simply HalstonRoy Halston Frowick (1932-1990) was born in Iowa and grew up in Indiana. Hailed by Newsweek magazine as “the premier fashion designer of all America,” Halston began his career as a milliner and later designed the hat Jacqueline Kennedy wore at her husband’s inauguration in 1961. A master of cut, he was a favorite of many celebrities and designed clothes for Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Anjelica Huston and Lauren Bacall, among others. Basing his designs on minimal and conceptual art principles, Halston created clothes that were modern and elegant. Most of the approximately 18 designs in the exhibition are from the IMA’s fashion arts collection.