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Breaking Silence: Design for a Changing World Exhibition
On display from January 19 - March 26, 2021

Covid-19 and fashion are not, in fact, antagonists. Rather, they are in dialogue, for they are natural interlocutors. They both live at the intersection of culture and the body. - Rhonda Garelick

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Breaking Silence: Design for a Changing World features diverse esthetics that share a commitment to the essential role design can play as we navigate the challenges of our time. This exhibition is a collaboration with the College of Design’s Apparel Design Program, Nash Gallery, and the Goldstein Museum of Design. The Apparel Design Program has contributed the work of 12 designers, offering their individual and unique perspectives as they complete the Bachelor of Science Apparel Design Program. Collectively, they confront and reflect upon the systemic issues in the fashion industry, utilizing the power of design to meet the needs of a changing world.

Seventeen handbags from the Goldstein Museum of Design's collection reflect the innovation and challenges of 100 years of plastics as a design material. This selection of elegant purses from the permanent collection of the GMD includes designers André Courrèges, Halston, Harveys, Charles Jourdan, Loop Designs, Pixie Mood, and Louis Vuitton.

The Katherine E. Nash Gallery has invited Professor Brenda J. Child and Minneapolis designer Ka Oskar Ly to share their research and creative practices. The inspiring history of the Jingle Dress Dance Tradition is the subject of a documentary, Jingle Dress Dancers in the Modern World: Ojibwe People and Pandemics, by Brenda J. Child, Northrop Professor of American Studies. 

The stunning Queer Hmong French American esthetic of Ka Oskar Ly’s garment design is on display and explored in photographs by Nancy Musinguzi. View the selection of photographs.

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