Handcrafted Western wear including rhinestone 'Nudie suits' by Nudie Cohn and contemporary takes by Fort Lonesome and Anna Sui (featured here)

If fashion is your passion, mark your calendar for an exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art. “Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour,” which opens July 21, will include examples of couture from 100 American designers and brands, dating back to the 19th century.

Among the array of garments and accessories, visitors will find everything from an 1800s evening gown by New Orleans’ pioneer designer Madame Olympe Boisse to a glittering suit by Tyron “Marquette” Perrin that was worn by bounce artist Big Freedia at the Miss Universe pageant in New Orleans in 2023.

Examples of iconic Western-style rhinestone “Nudie suits” by Nudie Cohn will also be included in the exhibit, as well as gowns from the Ebony Fashion Fair, which helped characterize African American fashion for half a century.

One of “Fashioning America’s” historical highlights will be Isabel Toledo’s working model for the 2009 inauguration suit worn by First Lady Michelle Obama.

The traveling exhibit was produced by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Museum admission including the exhibit is $25; free with museum membership. The exhibit will continue through Nov. 26.

One of the oldest American-labeled garments, a mid-1800s evening gown by New Orleans’ Madame Olympe

NOMA will simultaniously feature an exhibit of 100 rings, from traditional to avant-garde designs. The “Ring Redux: Susan Grant Lewin Collection” exhibit continues through Feb. 4, 2024.

The New Orleans Museum of Art is located at One Collins C. Diboll Circle on the south end of City Park. Adult admission is $15. For more information, visit the NOMA website.

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