Upon walking into a luxury shopping mall in Florida, one could expect to find a few diamond display cases, some Italian leather handbags and maybe a Brooks Brothers, but certainly not a 1913 Ballet Russes costume. Or a 1999 futuristic, remote-control dress by Hussein Chalayan. But at Bal Harbour Shops this spring/summer, you’ll find just that. Nestled next to Neiman Marcus is the Fashion Project, a new curatorial space devoted to exhibitions that merge consumerism with costumes and couture. Curated by Judith Clark, the first show explores the many ways we put clothes on display. So when you go window-shopping, you might actually learn something.
“The Exhibition” is on view at Bal Harbour shops through May 21. The second show, “Morphing,” opens May 28 and runs through August 10.
Photos: Just Looking
Fashion Project, an initiative of Bal Harbour Shops. Photo by Silvia Ros.
Bird Dress: Hand-dyed and printed silk and tulle dress, Felicity Brown, British, Autumn/Winter 2011. Photo by Silvia Ros.
Cape & Headdress: Embroidered velvet evening cape, Elsa Schiaparelli, French, 1935-38 with Eagle headdress, Jean Cocteau (attrib.), French, c.1938. Photo by Silvia Ros.
Fashion Project at Bal Harbour Shops. Photo by Silvia Ros.
Mise-en-scéne Costume: Original costume for a Bayadere for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets. Russian production of ‘Le Dieu Bleu.” Leon Bakst, Russian, 1912. Photo by Silvia Ros.
Remote Control Dress: Fiberglass motorized dress, Hussein Chalayan, British, 1999. Photo by Silvia Ros.