Ugly Chic: Surrealism and Fashion The Flaxman Library, School of the Art Institute of Chicago April 3 - 10, 2015
As the fashion historian Richard Martin noted: Surrealism is fashion’s favorite art. From the collaboration between Salvador Dalí and Elsa Schiaparelli to lesser-known sketches by Méret Oppenheim, Surrealist artists and the fashion world shared interest in discomforting the conventional notions of beauty, an influence that remains important for designers up to the present. This display explored the intersection of Surrealism and fashion using garments, accessories, vintage magazines, books, and images from the Fashion Resource Center and the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection.
Included in the exhibition: garments & accessories by Elsa Schiaparelli, Comme de Garçon, Martin Margiela, and Lenny Leleu; illustrations and photographs commissioned for fashion by Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali, Joseph Cornell, and Man Ray; and a book of surrealist poetry by Roland Penrose composed after a summer traveling with Lee Miller.
This display was made possible with generous support from members of the FRC Fan Club.