Fashion Reimagined

GBP £29.95



ISBN: 978-1-913875-16-9

144 pages

280 × 245 mm (9 ⅝ × 11 in)

84 colour illustrations

In association with The Mint Museum

December 2022


A fascinating look at the unexpected juxtapositions between 21st-century fashion design and historical garments

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Fashion Reimagined features 50 outstanding examples of fashionable dress drawn entirely from the superb collection of the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC. The book is divided into three sections: Minimalism, Pattern and Decoration, and The Body Reimagined. Each catalogue entry addresses a theme and provides information and insights about the individual designers, fabric and construction details, and the globalization that is embedded in both the textiles and fashions from 1760 to the present.

Ranging from court suits to street wear, highlights include an English 18th-century sack back dress, two English men’s court suits, early 19th-century printed cotton dresses, wedding dresses from the mid and last quarter of the 19th century, as well as a rare 1920s wedding ensemble by Roman fashion artist Maria Monaci Gallenga, a very rare early 20th-century Ispahan mantle by Paul Poiret, an unusual mid 20th-century Black Narcissus dress by American designer James Galanos, several examples of 1960s and 70s mod and hippie chic style, and innovative contemporary fashions by Giorgio Armani, Romeo Gigli, Zandra Rhodes, Anna Sui, Yoji Yamamoto, Walé Oyéjidé for Ikiré Jones, Anamika Khanna and Iris van Herpen, among others.

Author biographies

Annie Carlano is senior curator of craft, design & fashion at The Mint Museum

Anna Sui is a fashion designer and perfumer

Lauren D. Whitley is senior curator emerita at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)

Ellen C. Walker Show is director of Library & Archives, The Mint Museum

Table of Contents

  • Sponsor’s Statement
  • Foreword by Todd A. Herman
  • Prologue by Anna Sui
  • A Brief History of the Fashion Collection at The Mint Museum by Ellen C. Walker Show
  • Minimalism: Catalogue entries by Annie Carlano and Lauren D. Whitley
  • Pattern and Decoration: Catalogue entries by Annie Carlano and Lauren D. Whitley
  • The Body Reimagined: Catalogue entries by Annie Carlano and Lauren D. Whitley
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Image Credits