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Exhibition dates: May 7, 2008–September 1, 2008
The symbolic and metaphorical associations between fashion and the superhero are explored in this compelling exhibition. Featuring movie costumes, avant-garde haute couture, and high-performance sportswear, it reveals how the superhero serves as the ultimate metaphor for fashion and its ability to empower and transform the human body. Objects are organized thematically around particular superheroes, whose movie costumes and superpowers are catalysts for the discussion of key concepts of superheroism and their expression in fashion.

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Exhibition dates: May 7, 2008–September 1, 2008
The symbolic and metaphorical associations between fashion and the superhero are explored in this compelling exhibition. Featuring movie costumes, avant-garde haute couture, and high-performance sportswear, it reveals how the superhero serves as the ultimate metaphor for fashion and its ability to empower and transform the human body. Objects are organized thematically around particular superheroes, whose movie costumes and superpowers are catalysts for the discussion of key concepts of superheroism and their expression in fashion.

    • video
    Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

    Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

    Costume, Fashion, Comic books

    • 20 min
    • video
    E Pluribus Unitard: Notes toward a Theory of Superhero Costuming

    E Pluribus Unitard: Notes toward a Theory of Superhero Costuming

    Fashion, Comic Books, Costume

    • 24 min
    • video
    The Gods of Greece, Rome, and Egypt Still Exist—Only Today They Wear Spandex and Capes!

    The Gods of Greece, Rome, and Egypt Still Exist—Only Today They Wear Spandex and Capes!

    Fashion, Comic Books, Costume

    • 33 min
    • video
    The Boys in the Hoods: The Costumed Vigilante as Urban Dandy

    The Boys in the Hoods: The Costumed Vigilante as Urban Dandy

    Fashion, Comic Books, Costume

    • 44 min
    • video
    Costume Designers Panel

    Costume Designers Panel

    Fashion, Comic Books, Costume

    • 56 min
    • video
    Artists Panel

    Artists Panel

    Fashion, Comic Books, Costume

    • 1 hr

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