Massachusetts Museums Announce Fashion Collaboration

Mass Fashion explores the state’s culture of fashion through exhibitions and special events

Eight cultural institutions are joining together for Mass Fashion, a statewide collaboration celebrating the culture of fashion in Massachusetts. From now through 2019, Mass Fashion partners—Concord Museum; Fuller Craft Museum; Historic New England; Massachusetts Historical Society; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Old Sturbridge Village; Peabody Essex Museum; and The Trustees of Reservations—present exhibitions and events on fashion-related subjects.

Leveraging some of the country’s largest, most diverse, and most exciting museum collections, Mass Fashion explores the topic from the seventeenth century to today. From shopping in eighteenth-century New England (Fresh Goods, currently on view at the Concord Museum) to physical discomfort in contemporary adornment (Uneasy Beauty, opening October 6 at Fuller Craft Museum), Mass Fashion exhibitions encourage the public to think about fashion from multiple perspectives. Together, they paint a vivid picture of the state’s cultural resources.

Mass Fashion: Past, Present, and Future, a joint public symposium, is scheduled for October 5 and 6 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It will feature established and emerging designers and experts addressing topics including education, technology, “banned in Boston,” progressivism, and immigration. The symposium is sponsored by the Ann and John Clarkeson Fund for Programming and Publications.

“Textile manufacturers in New England, and especially Massachusetts, led the Industrial Revolution of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the state’s engineers and designers are doing so again today,” said Pamela Parmal, David and Roberta Logie Curator of Textile and Fashion Arts at the MFA. “While Massachusetts has been a leading center for developments in military, athletic, and medical clothing for some time now, new trends continue to emerge as local designers are incorporating new technologies such as 3-D printing into fashionable dress. The Mass Fashion symposium will reveal the cutting-edge work being done in the state today, presenting it in the context of the past to explore what makes Massachusetts such a unique environment for innovation and technology.”

See complete listings of exhibitions and events presented as part of Mass Fashion. Check the #massfashion hashtag on social media to see content from participating institutions.

About Mass Fashion
Mass Fashion is a consortium of eight cultural institutions that explores and celebrates the many facets of the culture of fashion in Massachusetts. Discover the wide array of fashions, and the stories behind them, on view in the Commonwealth.


Thanks to the follow donors for their support of Mass Fashion

Nancy Adams and Scott Schoen
Theresa Baybutt
David and Victoria Croll
Lynn Dale
Diane Garfield and Peter Gross
Kimberlea Jeffries
Megan O’Block
Elizabeth and Robert Owens
Kristin and Roger Servison