‘Fashioning America’ exhibit at NOMA features iconic brands, celebrity red carpet designs

NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) - The New Orleans Museum of Art goes fashion forward while shining a spotlight on iconic designers from the past. NOMA rolls out the red carpet for its first major fashion exhibit in five years.

The “Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour” exhibit features vibrant works from some of the nation’s top designers, both past and present, including some with ties to New Orleans.

More than 100 American designers and brands are on display, from a rare 19th-century denim frock coat to a zero-waste wedding and Savage X Fenty lingerie.

Visitors will also find fashion garments that celebrate New Orleans fashion historically and today. One of the oldest American-labeled garments is an 1800s metallic, tasseled evening gown by New Orleans’ pioneer designer Madame Olympe Boisse. Another item is a green glittering suit designed by Tyron “Marquette” Perrin worn by New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia at the Miss Universe pageant in New Orleans in 2023.

Other iconic pieces include a red carpet gown designed by Christian Siriano, Isabel Toledo’s inauguration suit design for Michelle Obama, an iconic Tommy Hilfiger look worn by late-R&B singer Aaliyah, a dazzling rhinestone Nudie suit and gowns from the Ebony Fashion Fair, among others.

Museum admission including the exhibit is $25. The exhibit will continue through Nov. 26.

For more information, visit the NOMA website.

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