Exhibitions

Corpus Cristi Procession, Nantes, 1901
Auguste-Louis Lepère (French, 1849-1918)
Corpus Cristi Procession, Nantes
Woodcut, 1901
Corpus Cristi Procession, Nantes, 1901

What to Wear: Fashion and Dress in Religious Prints

2017

What to Wear: Fashion and Dress in Religious Prints, highlights costume and clothing as featured in original art from the 16th – 20th centuries. Clothing, accessories, and accoutrements can provide important visual cues for reading images. Oftentimes, the way a figure is dressed allows the viewer to identify their occupation or social status, and can even convey implications about the person’s virtuosity.

Whether a queen’s tiara, soldiers’ weaponry or priestly robes, these details contribute significantly to the way we view and perceive the figures who wear them. From historic and traditional garments to exotic and fantastical costume, this exhibition begs the question: What to Wear?