The exhibition, co-curated by the library and the Museum of the City of New York, celebrates the collaborations of performers with fashion designers, who together brought contemporary clothing style to theater and dance.
Among the pieces that will be documented in the exhibition are the Fortuny robes worn by Julia Marlowe in her Shakespearean performances, the gowns designed by Valentina for Katharine Cornell, and the designs that Mainbocher created for Mary Martin in The Sound of Music. Also on display will be garments by American couturiers Mainbocher, Norman Norell and Halston for Judy Holiday and Lauren Bacall, and original designs by Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, and Geoffrey Beene.
Accompanying the exhibition will be public programs, and two series of screenings, which will include Fashionable Features, which spotlights the work of fashion designers in film, including Lady Duff Gordon (Lucile, Ltd.), Bonnie Cashin and Hattie Carnegie. Additionally, on Fridays at 2:30pm, through October 29, the film series Cover/Art: Perspectives on Fashion, will consider American fashion through the spectrum of documentary films.