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"Fashion: The Greatest Show on Earth"
2003-04-26 until 2003-09-02
Bellevue Art Museum
Bellevue, WA, USA United States of America

Bellevue Art Museum launched its newest exhibition, Fashion: The Greatest Show on Earth, with a Gala Premiere sponsored by Nordstrom on Saturday, April 26, 2003. The Gala Premiere, held in the Museum, featured a preview of the exhibition. Dinner, dancing and a focus on fashion were the order of the evening.† BAMís special guests for this event was the famous Dutch fashion duo Viktor and Rolf whose work is included in the exhibition. The evening and the exhibition will draw on sources as varied as the art of the 1960ís and 70ís, political activism, theater and popular culture to showcase the transformation of the runway show.

The result is a new breed of performance art that blurs the boundaries between art and fashion. †

This exhibition examines the importance of this art/fashion phenomenon by incorporating clothing, video, performance and design by leading couturiers and contemporary artists.

Organized by BAM and curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan, the exhibition will travel to additional venues following its presentation at BAM. Sponsors of the exhibition are The Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Fashion Group International. A special issue of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture with essays covering diverse topics related to fashion and performance, will serve as the exhibition catalog. †

This exhibition will explore the recent development of a fashion/performance hybrid under five major categories: SPECTACLE, SUBSTANCE, SCIENCE, STRUCTURE and STATEMENT. Each category will examine the specific references to various manifestations of performance art,


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