The University of North Carolina at Asheville is hosting the United States debut of an internal exhibit that first opened in Moscow in 2015. It showcases renderings and drawings from Costume at the Turn of the Century: 1990 to 2015 and is curated by UNC Asheville Visiting Professor of Drama Igor Roussanoff. Initiated through collaboration between International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects, and Technicians (OISTAT) and the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum in Moscow, Russia, the idea for the exhibition originated four years ago after the meeting of the OISTAT Costume Design Group in Prague.

The Costume at the Turn of the Century: 1990 to 2015 exhibit features work of costume designers from 31 countries and displays costume design projects for theatre, opera, dance, film, fashion, and performing art during the past 25 years. Various forms of mediums are featured from costume renderings, production photos, three-dimensional costume installations, artistic images of costumes in other settings to short performance videos presented in a digital portfolio format.

The turn of the millennium commemorates economic, political, and social reforms, new technologies, and environmental awareness. It has also heavily influenced our perception of art, especially art as it relates to costume design. The idea of the exhibition is to provide an opportunity to overview costume design from around the world at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. It is presented in a unique manner with emphasis on the diversity as opposed to the trends or direction of fashion as seen in most fashion magazines. It portrays the costume movement in a manner that doesn’t discriminate based on location, race, gender, political, or economic environment.

The exhibition will be on display in the Blower’s Gallery of the Ramsey Library until September 28, 2016. All events are free and open to the public.

Ramsey Library

1 University Heights,

Asheville, NC 28804

Ramsey Library

1 University Heights

Asheville, NC 28804