Focused on 21st century long gowns, from cocktail attire to wedding dresses, this exhibition highlights the meticulous craftsmanship, attention to detail, and fine materials characteristic of couture. Also highlighted is the inherent architecture of fashion from the pattern pieces, cut, and construction methods, sometimes layered with innovative decorative flourishes of surface design. Charlotte Collects presents an array of international designs including extraordinary creations by Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Issey Miyake, Isaac Mizrahi, Rochas, Rodarte, Jason Wu, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, and Junya Watanabe.
The exhibition offers a sampling of sartorial splendor from 11 local collectors: Amanda Weisiger Cornelson, Lisa Dargan, Myra Gassman, Deidre Grubb, Alex Holleman, Chandra Janway Johnson, Ashley Mattei, Cam Newton, Laura Vinroot Poole, Kim Blanding Putney, and Ann Tarwater. It tells the story of each of the collectors’ individual philosophies and collecting criteria, and will equip the public with the tools to look at fashion in new ways via the formal elements of art and design. The exhibition is curated by Annie Carlano, Senior Curator of Craft, Design, & Fashion at The Mint Museum, dressed by consulting fashion conservator Tae Smith.
The exhibition is organized by The Mint Museum and presented to the community by PNC Financial Services.