Review: Scaasi: American Couturier

Woman’s ensemble in two parts (dress), designed in 1958, Museum of Fine Arts Boston

I saw Scaasi: American Couturier for the second time at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and I’m still not blown away as much as I was with High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture exhibition at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell. The show closed on January 02, 2011 and if you did not get to see it, you missed out on a well organized and richly presented exhibition.

Back to the Scaasi show.  The MFA recently acquired fashion designer’s Arnold Scaasi’s archives and over 100 of his designs, yet only 28 are on display in the Scaasi: American Couturier show. The Fashion and Textile Arts gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts is small and feels cramped, sometimes taking a toll on the fashion and textile exhibitions that are shown in the space. The last fashion exhibition I saw at the MFA which blew me away, was Fashion Show: Paris Collections 2006 (Nov. 12, 2006 through Mar. 18, 2007) which was shown then in what will become the new wing for contemporary art this coming Fall.

The Scaasi: American Couturier is an almost 9 month long show and closes on June 19, 2011 (9 months for only 28 pieces, some great, some …). I do have some favorite pieces like the balloon cocktail dress pictured in the post and this one

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