April 13–September 2, 2024

Dress Up

Our choice of dress can make a political statement, express a mood, or communicate personal identities. Through more than 100 works from the MFA’s collection including 20th- and 21st-century clothing, jewelry, accessories, illustrations, and photographs, this exhibition explores adornment and its role in the creation of a look.

Jewelry and fashion are given equal attention here; there is no delineation between the two to encourage thinking of jewelry as fashion and fashion as jewelry. Objects with beads, sequins, and sparkle blur the lines between each genre and help visitors consider how and where the two can—and do—intersect.

  • Henry and Lois Foster Gallery (Gallery 158)


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Additional generous support from the David and Roberta Logie Fund for Textile and Fashion Arts. Supported by the Loring Textile Gallery Exhibition Fund and the Fashion Council.