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The catalog for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s first fashion exhibition, Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour celebrates the history of American attire, from the cowboy boot to the zoot suit. From dresses worn by First Ladies to art-inspired garments to iconic moments in fashion that defined a generation, Fashioning America showcases uniquely American expressions of innovation, spotlighting stories of designers and wearers that center on opportunity and self-invention, and amplifying the voices of those who are often left out of dominant fashion narratives.
With nearly one hundred illustrations of garments and accessories that span two centuries of design, Fashioning America celebrates the achievements of a wide array of makers—especially immigrants, Native Americans, and Black Americans. Incorporating essays by fashion historians, curators, and journalists, this volume takes a fresh look at the country’s fashion history while exploring its close relationship with Hollywood and media in general, illuminating the role that American designers have played in shaping global visual culture and demonstrating why American fashion has long resonated around the world.
Edited by Michelle Tolini Finamore
300 pages, 9.5 × 12, 100 images
About the Editor: Michelle Tolini Finamore is a fashion curator and historian who has written widely on topics ranging from contemporary fashion to food history. Author of Hollywood before Glamour: Fashion in American Silent Film, she has taught courses on fashion, design, and film history at the Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.