Reality and Interpretation: 20th Century Clothing and Illustration
April 26 - July 9, 2000

Promotional exhibition postcard featuring artwork of a woman wearing a long dress

More than 40 garments by 20th century fashion designers will be on display at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery from April 26 through July 9, 2000. Curated by Charles Kleibacker, Reality and Interpretation: 20th Century Clothing and Illustration will include more than 100 illustrations by influential fashion artists. Student designs that foreshadow the fashion industry’s future will be included. Actual garments and illustrations will be shown side by side. Clothing designers represented in the exhibition include Adrian, Balenciaga, Balmain, Bruyère, Chanel, Dior, Randolph Duke, Galanos, Givenchy, Grès, Irene, Norell, Patou, Shannon Rodgers, Stavropoulos, Isabel Toledo, Traina-Norell, Trigère, Ungaro and Valentino.

Featured artists include Kenneth Paul Block, Jean Cunningham, Tod Draz, Richard Ely, Gruau, Jim Howard, Billie Ingram, Esther Larson, Sandra Leichman, Steven Stipelman, Ruben Toledo, and Margaret Voelker-Ferrier. Student designs come from the University of Cincinnati, Columbus College of Art & Design, Kent State University, and Mount Mary College in Milwaukee.