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Squeezing In and Zipping Up: Canada’s Involvement in the late 20th and 21st Century Trend of Fashion Exhibition

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Squeezing In and Zipping Up: Canada’s Involvement in the late 20th and 21st Century Trend of Fashion Exhibition

Filgiano, Laurie (2011) Squeezing In and Zipping Up: Canada’s Involvement in the late 20th and 21st Century Trend of Fashion Exhibition. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis discusses the development of 20th century fashion within the space of Canadian museums. I argue that while Canada has the means to conceive groundbreaking exhibitions of 20th century dress, the absence of costume collections in Canadian fine art museums and the lack of collaboration between human history and fine art representatives have inhibited Canada’s contribution to the evolving multi-disciplinary trend of fashion exhibitions. By analyzing the evolution of dress history and exhibitions on an international scale, I study the differentiation offered by Valerie Stele between the antiquarian costume exhibit and the modern 20th century fashion exhibition largely influenced by the likes of Diana Vreeland and Cecile Beaton. After an analysis on the history of dress collection and exhibition in Canadian museums, I completed two case studies on Golden Age of Couture: Paris London 1947-1957 hosted at the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec and Elite Elegance: Couture Fashion in the 1950s conceived at the Royal Ontario Museum. A comparison is then made between these two exhibitions, coming from fine art and human history institutions respectively, between the realities of hosting and conceiving a dress exhibition, the reception of sponsorship, and the use of supplementary material.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Filgiano, Laurie
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art History
Date:31 August 2011
Thesis Supervisor(s):Paterson, Elaine
Keywords:Fashion, dress history, fashion exhibition, Golden Age of Couture, Elite Elegance, Royal Ontario Museum, Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec, Victoria and Albert, Diana Vreeland, Canadian fashion, dress exhibition, sponsorship, Alexandra Palmer, Holt Renfrew, costume collection, best practice guide, Yves Saint Laurent, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, V&A, Reveal or Conceal?, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute, New Look, Christian Dior
ID Code:15153
Deposited By:LAURIE FILGIANO
Deposited On:17 Nov 2011 15:49
Last Modified:17 Nov 2011 15:49
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