7 October 2023 – 17 January 2024
An expansive and new interpretation of traditional Ukrainian embroidery and costumes curated by model and fashion designer Helena Christensen, this exhibition will address the esthetics of embroidered and historic garments and accessories from a female and wearable perspective. Pushing the physical boundaries of institutional fashion exhibitions, the project will start with classic mannequin presentations and morph to large wall installations of both small and large garments, highlighting the stylistic complexities of the many regions of Ukraine. Traditional costumes from the Poltava and Carpathian (Hutsul) regions will also feature build-ups of individual garments all the way to the entire outfit, which will then be presented on two mannequins, delineating the steps a woman takes to dress for a festive occasion. The exhibition will be accentuated by a selection of traditional headdresses and jewelry.