McNay Art Museum presents "Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday"
From gowns to grunge, "Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday" marks the first fashion and video art exhibition in McNay history. Set in the wake of the Cold War, in a decade of great hope and freedom ushered in by the fall of the Berlin Wall, the innovative installation celebrates the fearless designers, photographers, and video artists who made the 1990s iconic and worthy of its current revival.
"Fashion Nirvana" features over 60 garments by famous designers Dior, Tom Ford, Jean Paul Gaultier, Carolina Herrera, Patrick Kelly, Isaac Mizrahi, Todd Oldham, Oscar de la Renta, Vivienne Tam, Gianni Versace, Vera Wang, and more.
Advances in technology made video art increasingly accessible during the 1990s, and video artists responded to music, pop culture, advertising, and fashion of the time. Paired alongside fashion ensembles, projections by video artists Seoungho Cho, Rineke Dijkstra, Anthony Discenza, Kristin Lucas, Tony Oursler (in collaboration with '90s band Sonic Youth), Mary Perillo, Pipilotti Rist, and San Antonio-native John Sanborn, create a multi-sensory experience. Paintings and sculptures from the McNay’s collection are also in conversation with the garments on view.