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Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion and Its Legacy

Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion and Its Legacy
March 5, 2016–July 10, 2016

Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion and Its Legacy will be the first exhibition to fully explore the Romantic Era as a formative period in costume history. Presenting historic garments alongside literary works, paintings, prints, and decorative arts, the exhibition will examine how European fashion from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras influenced and inspired new styles created between 1810 and 1860.


Gothic to Goth will illustrate how early nineteenth century costume—just like fine and decorative art, architecture, interior design, literature, and music—moved away from the order and rationality of the previous half century to embrace imagination and emotion, originality and vision, and individuality and subjectivity as guiding principles. The exhibition will culminate with a look at recent Goth and Steampunk fashions, revealing their roots in the rich imagination and aesthetic of Romanticism.

Lynne Z. Bassett, Costume and Textile Historian and museum consultant, is organizing the exhibition.

A 128-page, full-color illustrated catalogue, including an extended essay by Bassett, will accompany the exhibition.

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