Art museums are practically my love language, so when Cincinnati Art Museum announced they’d be exhibiting the High Style collection, I may have responded like a school girl. I was given the exhibit book as a gift from a very dear friend when it first debuted and have been anxiously waiting for the opportunity to see the collection first hand. Yes, I miraculously managed to live just minutes away from the exhibit in NYC, and still missed it. #storyofmylife
So, what better way to ring in the New Year than with girlfriends, brunch and a morning at the museum? While the exhibit has returned home, it was so lovely to view during our time at CAM. The curator of the collection, Jan Glier Reeder actually has family ties to Fort Thomas, KY which is how the exhibit even landed on my radar before its last stop here in the Queen City. If you weren’t able to view it, then be sure to check out the comprehensive survey originally published in 2010 to celebrate the collections move from the Brooklyn Museum to The Met.
The collection ranges from House of Liberty, Balenciaga, Dior, Schiaparelli, and mainly embodies the work of Charles James, a pioneer in dress making and pushing the envelope of women’s fashion. It really is a lovely collection, and one of the broadest available to view in fashion. Thank you Cincinnati, for securing and exhibiting such a fashion gem.