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El Paso Museum of Art Presents Fashion Nirvana Exhibition

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to experience a journey through the 1990s world of high fashion with a new exhibition, Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday, November 12, 2021 through March 12, 2022.

The exhibition will open with a preview reception at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 12.

Located in the Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery and organized by the McNay Art Museum, the exhibition features major fashion houses including Dior and Givenchy and iconic designers of the era including Gianni Versace, Todd Oldham, Oscar de la Renta, and early Alexander McQueen. In addition to apparel, the exhibition includes video components which speak to digital technology during the early days of the internet era when video became a form of art expression.

“With the constantly blurring boundaries between art, fashion, commerce and collection, we are thrilled to be presenting EPMA’s first fashion exhibition,” said Cultural Affairs and Recreation Managing Director Ben Fyffe. “Art Museums around the world are increasingly exploring fashion through the lens of artistic study. Fashion Nirvana will provide visitors an opportunity to engage with incredible examples of both haute couture and ready-to-wear garments by some of the most iconic designers of the last 50 years.”

The exhibit also offers the following free, family-friendly events:

  • Guided Exhibition Tours: 4:30 p.m., November 18-19
  • Family Day Inspired by Exhibition: Noon, November 20
  • Art Workshops: Noon, January 22 and January 29
  • Art + Fashion Lectures: 5:30 p.m., February 10 and February 24
  • Exhibition Closing Reception & Fashion Show: 5 p.m., March 10

More information on the Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday exhibition is posted on the El Paso Museum of Art website.

Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday is co-organized by the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, and the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas in Denton. Curators include Kate Carey, Head of Education; Jackie Edwards, former Assistant Curator; and Lauren Thompson, Assistant Curator; with assistance by Alexis T. Meldrum, 2019-2020 Semmes Foundation Intern in Museum Studies.

Support is provided by Mercedes T. Bass, Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation provides major support. The Host Committee, chaired by Alice Carrington Foultz, provides additional support. Additional Support provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation and the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.

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