Exhibition

Fashion and Design Gallery

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PEM’s Fashion and Design gallery invites visitors to consider that we are designing creatures who continually manipulate, respond to, and mold our changing world. Whether designing for self-adornment or for use, this installation unifies two traditionally disparate collecting fields to better understand what underlies our motivations and capacity for designing ourselves and the world around us. Ensembles from the Iris Apfel Rare Bird of Fashion collection celebrate the exuberant remixing and inventive styling of one of the world’s most prominent fashion icons, while constellations of unique and culturally significant works of design, fashion, and textiles explore distinctive and resourceful forms of creative expression.

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Iris Apfel ensemble at PEM
Iris Apfel ensamble. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Bob Packert
Alexander McQueen, dress, designed 2007. Velvet, satin. Gift of anonymous donors in London. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Walter Silver.
Alexander McQueen, dress, designed 2007. Velvet, satin. Gift of anonymous donors in London. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Walter Silver.
Sebastian Errazuriz, 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers (The Gold Digger, The Heartbreaker, The Boss), 2013. 3d-printed abs plastic, resin, acrylic. Museum purchase. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola.
Sebastian Errazuriz, 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers (The Gold Digger, The Heartbreaker, The Boss), 2013. 3d-printed abs plastic, resin, acrylic. Museum purchase. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola.
Jonathan Peele Saunders and Samuel Field McIntire, sofa, 1815-1820. Mahogany. Gift of Mrs. Robert Johnston. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Dennis Helmar.
Jonathan Peele Saunders and Samuel Field McIntire, sofa, 1815-1820. Mahogany. Gift of Mrs. Robert Johnston. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Dennis Helmar.
Rico Lanaat’ Worl (Tlingit/Athabascan), skateboard deck, 2014. Wood, paint. Museum purchase. © Peabody Essex Museum.
Rico Lanaat’ Worl (Tlingit/Athabascan), skateboard deck, 2014. Wood, paint. Museum purchase. © Peabody Essex Museum.
American artist, dress, 1719. Wool, silk. Gift of Mrs. William C. West. © Peabody Essex Museum.
American artist, dress, 1719. Wool, silk. Gift of Mrs. William C. West. © Peabody Essex Museum.
Christian Louboutin, shoes, early 21st century. Gift of Joanna Prager Johnsen, Marcy Prager and Daniel Prager. © Peabody Essex Museum.
Christian Louboutin, shoes, early 21st century. Gift of Joanna Prager Johnsen, Marcy Prager and Daniel Prager. © Peabody Essex Museum.
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