Charlotte Collects: Contemporary Couture and Fabulous Fashion

October 14, 2017 - February 4, 2018

Mint Museum Randolph


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.

Additional Support Provided by Friends of Fashion

Mr. and Mrs. Weston M. Andress
Kelle and Len Botkin
Ansley and John Calhoun
Betsy Fleming and Edward Weisiger
Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Grace
James and Beverly Hance, Jr.
Liz and Aubrey Hilliard
Kelly and Rick Hopkins
Dr. A. Davis Ligon, Jr.
Ashley and Scott Mattei
Samantha and Mark McCall
Posey and Mark Mealy
Maria and Jeff Owen
Courtney and Casey Rogers
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Roselle
Jane and Nelson Schwab
Bobbie and Thad Sharrett
Kati and Chris Small
Ann and Michael Tarwater
Rocky and Curtis Trenkelbach
Jenny and Henry Ward
Jerri and Mark Webb
Jennifer and Eric Webber
Margaret and Ward Williams