Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday
From gowns to grunge, Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday marks the first large-scale fashion and video art exhibition in McNay history. Set between the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and September 11, 2001, the innovative installation celebrates designers, models, celebrities, photographers, and video artists who made the 90s an iconic decade. Fashion Nirvana features over 50 runway to everyday garments by famous designers Christian Dior, Tom Ford, Jean Paul Gaultier, Carolina Herrera, Patrick Kelly, Isaac Mizrahi, Todd Oldham, Oscar de la Renta, Vivienne Tam, Gianni Versace, Vera Wang, and more.
Advances in technology made video art increasingly accessible during the 1990s, and video artists responded to music, pop culture, advertising, and fashion of the time. Paired alongside fashion ensembles, projections by video artists Seoungho Cho, Rineke Dijkstra, Anthony Discenza, Kristin Lucas, Tony Oursler (in collaboration with 90s band Sonic Youth), Mary Perillo, Pipilotti Rist, and John Sanborn, create a multi-sensory experience.
Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday is co-organized by the McNay Art Museum and Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas, curated by Kate Carey, Head of Education; Jackie Edwards, former Assistant Curator; and Lauren Thompson, Assistant Curator; and assisted by Alexis T. Meldrum, 2019-2020 Semmes Foundation Intern in Museum Studies.
Major support is provided by Mercedes T. Bass, Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation. Additional support is provided by the Host Committee, chaired by Alice Carrington Foultz.