DESIGNING THE SECOND SKIN: GIORGIO DI SANT’ANGELO 1971-1991

 

Designing the Second Skin: Giorgio di Sant’Angelo 1971-1991

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

December 4 - December 14, 2012

Opening reception: December 4, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Parsons presents the first New York exhibition of the work of designer Giorgio di Sant’Angelo, an innovative Italian-born American designer from the 1960s through 1980s who explored the ways in which garments truly become the wearer’s second skin. Playing with texture, transparency, and newly discovered fabric technology, Sant’Angelo examined the relationship between exposure and concealment. A highlight from the exhibition is a nude sequined jumpsuit worn by Naomi Campbell and featured in an editorial shoot for Harper’s Bazaar in 1991. The works on view are drawn from the Parsons Fashion Archive—a collection of nearly 10,000 garments, including a number of pieces donated to Parsons by the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Sant’Angelo works were originally donated to the Met by Parsons faculty member Martin Price, Sant-Angelo’s design assistant and partner, who has been an instrumental force in keeping Sant’Angelo’s spirit alive. The exhibition is curated by graduate students in the MA Fashion Studies program, the MA in the History of Decorative Arts and Design program, and the MArch program at Parsons under the supervision of faculty member Francesca Granata.


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