Visual Critical Studies Afternoon Lecture Series: Michal Lynn Shumate


Tuesday, March 11, 4:15–5:30 p.m.
116 S. Michigan Ave., room 202

Language(s) of Fashion Exhibition: On Space and Semiotics

Fashion exhibition is evolving. Curators and designers are reworking the bounds of dress scholarship and staging as garments spread from the display cabinet to the white cube, but the basic structure remains: fashion objects presented through the lens of spatial arrangement and accompanying text. Judith Clark's 2010 exhibition, The Concise Dictionary of Dress, stands out as a project that deconstructs the language through which curated garments are experienced. By taking a close look at The Dictionary, this lecture will unpack what happens when the subject of a fashion exhibition is fashion exhibition itself.