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Exhibitions Calendar

Midwestern Region (Region III)

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Ontario, Wisconsin, Manitoba, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota

The Region III Exhibitions Calendar lists exhibitions of costume, lectures and workshops. Please note dates of exhibitions may change. If no beginning date is given, the exhibition is already open.

CSA-sponsored programs in the Midwestern Region: Midwestern Region "Events, Workshops and Symposia" page.

The Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor Street, West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5S 1W7

"Beauty, Identity, Pride: Native North American Footwear"
Semi-permanently on display

Created by Indigenous peoples from diverse regions of North America, ninety pairs of shoes, boots and moccasins will showcase exquisite craftsmanship, regional patterns, and beautiful decoration. The exhibition features rarely seen artifacts chosen entirely from the Bata Shoe Museum's foremost and comprehensive collection of Native footwear.


"All About Shoes: Footwear Through the Ages"
Semi-permanently on display

The Museum's flagship exhibition, All About Shoes, is a voyage through 4500 years of footwear: its evolution, uses over time, methods and materials of manufacture, and its place in our lives and imaginations. Admire ancient funerary sandals, Chinese silk shoes, haute couture pumps and a display of celebrity shoes found in the "Star Turns" mini-theatre.


Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection
May 9, 2012 - April 13, 2013

To wear dreams on one’s feet is to begin to give a reality to one’s dreams. - Roger Vivier
Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection focuses on the designer who was renowned for the bejewelled and elegantly sculptural shoes that he created throughout his life. Many of his innovations, such as the needle, choc and comma heels are as important in fashion today as when he first introduced them.

Canadian Museum of Civilization
Hull, Ontario

"First Peoples Hall"

The Hall is 2,000 square metres in size and contains more than 2,000 artifacts. It allows visitors to appreciate various aspects of Native identity, from earliest origins to the present day, from traditional ways to current topics that are sometimes controversial.

Chicago History Museum
Chicago, IL

Investigating the American Flag

Our flag hasn’t always looked the way it does today. The country’s first citizens experimented with many ideas as they formed the symbol that would represent their nation at home and abroad. Here is your opportunity to take a close look at one of the earliest versions of the Stars and Stripes.

The Historic Costume & Textiles Collection, Ohio State University
175 Campbell Hall, 1787 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210

The Columbus Fashion Story
September 5, 2012 - December 7, 2012

The Columbus Fashion Story, explores the history of fashion as it relates to Columbus' bicentennial history and its fashion industries. Two of retail fashion's industry giants had their beginnings in Columbus, Ohio--Federated Department Stores in 1851 as S. Lazarus, and Limited Brands Inc. in 1963 as The Limited store in the Kingsdale shopping center. Both began modestly and eventually gained nation-wide recognition.
Limited Brands with its past and present divisions have dominated the greater Columbus landscape over the past thirty years in the same way that the Lazarus Department Store dominated the city's downtown for decades. Both had a major impact on the national fashion retail industry as well as the city of Columbus. There were many other contributors to this city's fashion story, however, and their stories will also be told in this exhibition.

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Rd.
Indianapolis, Indiana

An American Legacy: Norell, Blass, Halston & Sprouse
May 4, 2012 - January 27, 2013

An American Legacy: Norell, Blass, Halston & Sprouse highlights 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, the exhibition presents the work of four innovative designers, their individual styles and lasting influence on American fashion. The exhibition features 51 garments drawn from the IMA’s comprehensive collection, augmented with major loans from the archives of Stephen Sprouse. Established in 1973 with the donation of five pieces from the estate of Norman Norell, the IMA’s American fashion design collection now comprises more than 500 pieces from Norell, Blass and Halston alone, one of the largest of its kind in the country.
An American Legacy is the first group exhibition devoted to these prolific Indiana designers, whose work came to define true American style. It traces their careers and offers a fresh look at their creations, which range in date from the 1940s to the early 21st century. The pieces were selected to represent the unique style of each designer, highlighting their individual artistic approaches and philosophies of decorating the human body.

Kent State University Museum
P.O. Box 5190, Rockwell Hall
Kent, Ohio 44242-0001

Life, Thoughts & Garments: Linda Öhrn-McDaniel Recent Works
March 2, 2012 - February 10, 2013

Concept, problem solving and material process are the fundamental starting points for all my creative work as a designer, artist and educator. The act of exploration and discovery consistently inspires me to create new ideas. Narrowing my field of options in theme or color expands the need to use craft technique, fit or surface design to solve creative issues within each garment. A primary example of this approach is the circles and hearts that feature prominently in this exhibition.


RESIST: A World of Resist Dye Techniques
April 6, 2012 - March 17, 2013

Dyeing provides rich colors but once the fabric has been colored in a dark shade, lighter color patterns will not show up. In order to allow lighter colors to come through, areas have to be blocked from receiving dye. Any of these techniques of blocking the dye are referred to as a “resist.” Sometimes these techniques have arisen independently; sometimes the techniques have been passed across cultures through trade and exchange. In many cases the origins have been lost to time, leaving only rich and remarkable textile traditions. Resist techniques can be seen in the most expensive and treasured textiles, but also in relatively humble objects.


CSA Midwestern Region member author

The Grace of Four Moons: Dress, Adornment, and the Art of the Body in Modern India