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Runway Fashion Show at the Museum of Art, Oct. 11

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Indianapolis Museum of Art

Indianapolis Museum of Art. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Candace Gwaltney
Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced today it will present a runway show featuring original fashions based on garments created by legendary Indiana fashion designers, Norman Norell, Bill Blass, Halston and Stephen Sprouse. “Project IMA, IN:spired” will feature clothing designed by local and national fashion designers at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 11, in the Tobias Theater.

More than 30 artists and fashion designers chosen from an international pool of submissions will showcase innovative designs inspired by the garments included in the IMA’s current exhibition, An American Legacy: Norell, Blass, Halston & Sprouse. Joining some of Indianapolis’s top designers will be participants from across the country. This is the third runway show organized by the IMA.

The winner of The Elizabeth and Stephen Taylor Fashion Design Award for best of show will be presented the night of the event at the official Project IMA after-party, “Behind the Seams.” The award will be based on creative uniqueness and the originality of the work.

Macy’s and the IMA Fashion Arts Society (FAS) will sponsor “Behind the Seams,” the official Project IMA after-party inviting guests to mingle with designers and models and see runway pieces up close. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. FAS, the newest IMA affiliate organization, seeks to promote interest and appreciation of textile and fashion arts through the study of couture and cloth from around the world.

“Project IMA, IN:spired” tickets are $15 for general public and $10 for IMA members. “Behind the Seams” tickets are $30. Ticket proceeds from both fashion shows and the “Behind the Seams” after-party will benefit the FAS Fashion Arts Acquisition Fund.  Purchase tickets in advance at or call 317-955-2339. Seats for the fashion show will be assigned at the time of purchase and tickets for the after-party must be purchased on or before October 8. All attendees are encouraged to carpool to the event.

Now on view at the IMA, An American Legacy; Norell, Blass, Halston & Sprousehighlights the achievements of celebrated fashion designers Norman Norell, Bill Blass, Stephen Sprouse and Halston, all of whom hailed from Indiana. Spanning more than 50 years of fashion history, this free exhibition presents the work of four innovative designers, their individual styles and lasting influence on American fashion. An American Legacy; Norell, Blass, Halston & Sprouse is on view through January 27, 2013, in the Gerald and Dorit Paul Galleries.

Fashion and Textile Arts at the IMA

The IMA’s collection of textile and fashion arts began with the acquisition of an Irish embroidery in 1888. Today, the collection comprises approximately 7,000 items and represents virtually all of the world’s traditions in fabric.

Among the objects from Asia are textiles and costumes from China, kimonos and Buddhist robes and furnishings from Japan, Kashmir shawls, ceremonial hangings from India and a large group of textiles from Indonesia. West and Central Asian holdings include rugs and kilims from Iran, Ottoman embroideries from Turkey, and costumes and ceremonial textiles from Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. In 1996, the late Colonel Jeff W. Boucher’s collection of 65 Baluchi rugs and weavings was donated to the Museum. Later, this collection was augmented by 11 pieces, making it the largest and most comprehensive in the United States.

The IMA also houses a significant African textile arts collection, with a particular concentration in rugs, costumes and embroideries from Morocco.

European holdings feature silks from the late 16th to 19th centuries, a lace collection spanning 500 years and a large group of 19th-century paisley shawls woven in England. Also represented are European fashions dating from the late 18th to the 20th centuries, as well as couture by prominent designers such as Dior, Balenciaga, Chanel, Gaultier and Versace.

The North American textile collection features noteworthy Indiana quilts and coverlets, as well as fashions by designers Norman Norell, Bill Blass, Halston and Rudi Gernreich. Central American holdings include Guatemalan textiles and a significant collection of about 360 Panamanian Molas.

About the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Encompassing 152 acres of gardens and grounds, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is among the 10 largest encyclopedic art museums in the United States, and features significant collections of African, American, Asian, European and contemporary art, as well as a newly established collection of design arts. The IMA offers visitors an expansive view of arts and culture through its collection of more than 54,000 works of art that span 5,000 years of history from across the world’s continents. The collections include paintings, sculpture, furniture and design objects, prints, drawings and photographs, as well as textiles and costumes.

Additionally, art, design, and nature are featured at 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park and Oldfields–Lilly House & Gardens, an historic Country Place Era estate on the IMA grounds. Beyond the Indianapolis campus, in 2011 the IMA will open to the public the recently acquired landmark Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana. One of the country’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist residences, Miller House was designed by Eero Saarinen, with interiors by Alexander Girard, and landscape design by Daniel Urban Kiley.

Recognizing the IMA’s positive impact on its community, the Museum was named a 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Services – the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries. The IMA’s commitment to free general admission, programming for schools and teachers, environmental leadership and online initiatives were among cited community contributions in the Museum’s selection for the award.

Located at 4000 Michigan Road, the IMA and Lilly House are open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The IMA is closed Mondays and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days. For more information, call 317-923-1331 or visit