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Fashion and Culture Intersect: A Queen within Adorned Archetypes Opens at MoPop

May 03, 2019

Style is a reflection of who we are. From bellbottoms, to legwarmers, to overalls, what we wear is a reflection of both personal identity and current society.  So how exactly does dress reflect culture, personal identity, and capture history? 

A Queen Adorned with Archetypes, the newest exhibit at the Museum of Pop Culture, examines these questions and more. It takes a deep dive into how fashion designers engage with the diverse nature of the feminine and the intersection of dress, culture and society. 

Through dress, both world-renowned and emerging designers use the six personality types of queens throughout history: Sage, Enchantress, Explorer, Mother Earth, Heroine and Thespian.  Over 100 pieces of fashion from an impressive collection of designers including Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Chanel and Prada examine the complex relationship between “fashion, society and history.”  The exhibit features a vibrant collection of wigs, shoes, gowns and photographs. 

A Queen Adorned with Archetypes is on display now through September 2nd at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) in Seattle Center. This is a special exhibition, and admission is not included in general admission prices. To buy tickets and learn more click here

Opening Party May 10 

The exhibit kicks off in an unforgettable Opening Night extravaganza with live music, a pop-up fashion show, and much more. Encouraging guests to “celebrate the queen in all of us,” the evening features “she is FIERCE” a presentation made by six female-identified genderqueer storytellers who share how their fashion is an expression of who they are on the inside. Enjoy a “sonic celebration” by Grace Love and the Dirty Church (with pop-up performances by the Filthy FemCorps), and a fashion show from members of Seattle’s Make Fashion community.  The Opening Night Party is 21 and over from 7 to 11pm on Friday, May 10th. Buy tickets here.

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