PFAC Announces ADORN

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Peninsula Fine Arts Center announces new exhibition, ADORN.


NEWPORT NEWS, VA. (August 14, 2018) – Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC) is excited to announce its upcoming exhibition, ADORN.  ADORN opens to the general public October 13, 2018 and concludes on January 6, 2019. In this exhibition series, PFAC examines how we as a community enhance our beauty or status. Whether it is through luxury handbags or high-end fashion, adornment is used to embellish, enhance, or distinguish the individual within the community. How we adorn ourselves is a personal expression of who we are and helps us to artistically communicate who we are, who we want to be, where we are going, and where we have been.


Fall in love with Judith Leiber bags, Roberto Coin jewelry, fashion photography, fashion influenced sculpture, paintings, shoes and more – off the runway and on display at PFAC.


The ADORN exhibition includes; Judith Peto Leiber: Earthly Delights; The Perfect Dress; Roberto Coin: Jewelry; Walk This Way – an exhibition of juried and selected works; and FashionSpheres a large-scale photography exhibition by John and Kim Wadsworth.


Judith Leiber (American, born in Budapest, Hungary in 1921), known for the creation of exquisitely designed couture women’s accessories which blur the boundaries between function and art, adorns minaudières and compact cases with semi-precious stones. Her creations also include day bags, belts and pillboxes. Beautifully detailed both inside and out, each tiny minaudière takes months to fabricate with special attention paid to the construction including the interior details and hardware.


The Perfect Dress – Hubert De Givenchy says that “The perfect dress can make many things happen in a woman’s life. It can bring happiness. It is so nice to give happiness to your friends.” From debutantes balls to charity galas, and red carpet events, to that one special wedding day, women look for the perfect dress for the perfect occasion only a few times in their lives. Carefully chosen for that special occasion, a gown should not only flatter the wearer, and demonstrate her sense of style, but also illustrate an
understanding of the significance of the event. The Perfect Dress exhibit looks at stylish evening wear; designers Oscar de la Renta, Hubert de Givenchy, and Romona Keveza have been a part of these moments. These dresses exhibit that desire in women. “Feminine, sophisticated, luxurious” is how Romona Keveza describes her gowns. These designers are known for making women feel special and beautiful; whether it is an evening dress of black velvet, a stunning wedding dress that is blush & french violet printed silk organza gown or an evening set with gold netting and beading. The exhibition highlights styles, silhouettes, and colors that have been perennial favorites for many years. There is a perfect gown for every woman and every occasion.


Roberto Coin – “Fashion is changeable. Style is not. Style is part of us, our life, in every moment and every expression.”


The company that bears jewelry designer Roberto Coin’s name was founded in 1977 in Italy’s Vicenza. His creativity took shape through the hands of the historical and most renowned Italian jewelry artisans who brought his romantic and borderless imagination to life through their skills, telling his story through jewels that truly become works of art. This exhibition looks at pieces created by Roberto Coin throughout the years. These works are the result of a thorough process, a journey among different cultures and multiethnic influences, through the world of nature, between echoes of the past and future projections. Roberto Coin signs each one of his piece with a small ruby casted inside the jewel, in direct contact with the skin of who wears it. This magical signature, surrounded by an antique halo of legend, represents the message of good wishes that Roberto Coin dedicates to his passionate clientele. Loans courtesy of private collectors and Hauser’s Jewelers.


Walk this Way will present a contemporary look at fashion inspired art created by artists throughout the United States. Artists across the nation are devoted to what might be considered a “lost art,” creating such handmade objects designed to be functional as well as beautiful, and reflective of both their own aesthetic and a wearer’s chosen style. This attention to handmade specificity, materials, and aesthetic details elevates these useful adornments to the realm of art.


FashionSpheres: Everyone lives within a FashionSphere–an aura of adornment that reveals our persona to the world.  A FashionSphere is a self-curated exhibition of ourselves as works of art.   John and Kim Wadsworth’s exuberant FashionSphere Portraits capture this dynamic fusion of spirit, fashion, beauty, and style.


Image Credits:
Bag: Judith Peto Leiber, Russian Pop Art Box Handbag, 1990, Gift of Rosalie and Sydney Shaftman, On Loan from the Taubman Museum of Art. (Judith Leiber: Earthly Delights)  
Dress: Oscar de la Renta, Evening dress of black netting and sequins, Fall 2006, Texas Fashion Collection, UNT College of Visual Arts and Design. (The Perfect Dress)
Photography: John and Kim Wadsworth, FashionSpheres: Kim Wadsworth (FashionSpheres)
Jewelry: Roberto Coin, Cheval Collection (Roberto Coin: Jewelry)
Glass sculpture: Robin and Julia Rogers, Fire Sorceress (Walk this Way)
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