Currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is a collection entitled Scaasi: American Couturier. The collection first debuted during September 25 of this year in the Loring Gallery during the 2010 Boston Fashion week, and will remain on display until June 19, 2011. The collection features one-of-a-kind custom-made works for famous celebrities and socialites of the 50s, 60s, and 80s. One of these famous names includes none other than Oscar winner, Barbara Streisand. The display even features the 1969 Academy Award outfit of sequined sheer silk tulle that Streisand wore to accept her award for Best Actress for her role in Funny Girl.
Among the many dresses on display, including those worn by the likes of “Today’’ show host (and Boston native) Arlene Francis, Natalie Wood, and Gayfryd Steinberg, the exhibition also includes sketches, notes, and fabric samples, allowing visitors to delve even deeper into the creative processes of this important American designer.
In 2009, the MFA purchased the archive of Scaasi’s sketches, and the designer donated more than 100 dresses to the museum’s permanent collection. This exhibition is our first look at 28 of gowns, cocktail dresses, and coats that were created for a number of his notable clientele.
The display perfectly complements the photography exhibit that is also currently running at the museum. Avedon Fashion 1944-2000, features the mostly black and white fashion photography of Richard Avedon, who photographed a number of iconic models for the likes of Vogue magazine and The New Yorker, including Lauren Hutton, Nastaassja Kinski, and the actress Audrey Hepburn.
The exhibit first opened August 10 of this year in the Foster Gallery, and will close on January 17, 2011.