El Paso Art Museum presents Fashion Nirvana exhibition


The El Paso Art Museum (EPMA) invites the public on a journey into the world of 90s haute couture with a new exhibition, Fashion nirvana: the everyday runway, from November 12, 2021 to March 12, 2022.

The exhibition will open with a preview reception at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 12.

Located in the Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery and curated by the McNay Art Museum, the exhibition features major fashion houses, including Dior and Givenchy, and iconic designers of the time, including Gianni Versace, Todd Oldham, Oscar de la Renta and Alexander McQueen. In addition to clothing, the exhibition includes video components that speak to digital technology at the start of the Internet age, when video became a form of artistic expression.

“With the constantly blurring lines between art, fashion, commerce and collecting, we are delighted to present EPMA’s first fashion exhibition,” said Ben Fyffe, Director General of Cultural Affairs and Recreation. “Art museums around the world are increasingly exploring fashion through the prism of artistic study. Fashion nirvana will offer visitors the opportunity to discover incredible examples of haute couture and ready-to-wear clothing from some of the most iconic designers of the past 50 years.

The exhibition also offers the following free family events:

  • Guided tours of the exhibition: 4:30 p.m., November 18-19
  • Family day inspired by the exhibition: Noon, November 20
  • Artistic workshops: Noon, January 22 and January 29
  • Art + Fashion Conferences: 5:30 p.m., February 10 and 24
  • Closing reception of the exhibition and fashion show: 5 p.m., March 10

More information on the Fashion nirvana: the everyday runway The exhibit is posted on the El Paso Art Museum website.

Fashion nirvana: the everyday runway is co-organized by the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, and the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas at Denton. Curators include Kate Carey, head of education; Jackie Edwards, former Assistant Curator; and Lauren Thompson, assistant curator; with the assistance of Alexis T. Meldrum, 2019-2020 Semmes Foundation Intern in museum studies.

Support is provided by Mercedes T. Bass, Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation provides major support. The host committee, chaired by Alice Carrington Foultz, provides additional support. Additional support provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Texas Arts Commission, the El Paso Art Museum Foundation, and the City of El Paso Department of Museums and Cultural Affairs.

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