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Fashionable Art : Designs Inspired by the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

by Lisa Carrico on 2022-08-23T16:10:00-05:00 in Exhibits | Comments

August 6, 2022 – November 3, 2022
Central Library | 1st Floor Gallery 
500 McKinney St., 77002 | 832-393-1313

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This exhibition features garments from Fashion Fusion, an annual competition presented by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the award-winning Fashion Design program at Houston Community College. For this year’s competition, HCC students and alumni designed original outfits inspired by items and artworks in the Museum’s permanent collection. The students and alumni entered their designs into one of four representative categories: Antiquities, Renaissance, Baroque, and Modernism.

Designers who drew inspiration from the antiquities collection were able to choose from the styles and subjects found in the art of the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East, a period of cultural history generally spanning from 4,500 BCE (the beginnings of Western Civilization) to about 450 CE (the beginning of the Middle Ages). The origins of the Renaissance (meaning “rebirth”) can be traced back to Italy in the late 13th century and continued to around 1650. Renaissance artists were influenced by nature, the effects of light, realistic depiction of the human form previously captured by the Greeks and Romans of classical antiquity, and pagan and religious iconography.

The Baroque period, which lasted roughly from 1600 – 1750, overlapped with the Renaissance, leading to some similarities in style and subject matter. However, Baroque art and architecture are characterized by drama, lavishness, and excessive ornamentation, designed to appeal to human emotion. In stark contrast to preceding art movements, Modernism (c. 1890 - c. 1950) rejected hyperrealism. This period encompassed various styles and art movements, ranging from the loose brushstrokes of Impressionism to the harsh lines of Cubism. It also includes the exploration of the subconscious worlds of Surrealism, finally culminating in non-objective abstract art.

In a departure from previous years, the sixth annual competition required the creation of an additional component: a coordinating face mask to demonstrate that fashion and health safety can exist hand in hand.


This exhibition is free and open to the public. Dates are subject to change.


This exhibition is in partnership with

Houston Community College, Fashion and Costume Design Department
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

And generously supported by

Houston Public Library
City of Houston

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