According to the Museum at FIT Gothic: Dark Glamour is the first exhibition devoted to the gothic style in fashion. Set in a dramatic mise-en-scene suggesting iconic gothic settings, such as the labyrinth, the ruined castle, and the laboratory, more than 75 ensembles will be on display. Fashion designers featured include Alexander McQueen, Ann Demeulemeester, Boudicca, Comme des Garçons, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel Haute Couture, John Galliano for Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Hussein Chalayan, Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, Christian Lacroix, Derek Lam, Gareth Pugh, Kei Kagami, Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy, Thierry Mugler, Rick Owens, Rodarte, Anna Sui, Olivier Theyskens, Jun Takahashi of Undercover, and Yohji Yamamoto.
Also on display will be a range of subcultural styles, such as “old-school goth” (associated with the heyday of the goth subculture, 1979-83), Victorian-style goth, industrial, steam punk, and cyber-goth, by designers such as Kambriel, Morphius and Plastik Wrap, as well as Japanese Elegant Gothic Lolitas by Tokyo-based brands Moi-Même-Moité and h.Naoto Blood.
Related public events include a Goth Talk panel discussion on October 30 (with speakers including Fred H. Berger, editor of Propaganda, Mistress McCutchan, and Evan Michelson of Obscura), gallery readings of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe gothic classics, exhibition tours, and more. The program series will culminate in the museum’s annual Fashion Symposium on February 13-14, 2009, which takes as its theme Subculture and Style. Internationally recognized scholars, curators, and designers will gather at the symposium to discuss the gothic influence on fashion and visual culture, as well as goth, punk, hip-hop, and other music-oriented youth styles.
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