If you’ve been to NorthPark Center recently or if you follow us on social media, then you know that next week we are celebrating our 50th anniversary! NorthPark opened it’s doors to Dallas in 1965, and we’ve been on the cutting edge of the retail, fashion, and art scene ever since. That distinction has taken on a new dimension since Nancy A. Nasher and David Haemisegger began working in the 1990s to expand NorthPark’s stature as the major fashion destination it is today. NorthPark provides visitors with a unique opportunity to engage with art and design that spark both a personal and cultural connection.
To celebrate the intrinsic relationship between fine art and fashion, I have been working on an exciting project with The Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas. The result: Art Meets Fashion, 1965-2015, curated by Myra Walker and designed by Larry Leathers. This celebratory exhibition features specific examples of dress that were chosen to reflect the synergy between art and fashion during the past fifty years. These works, drawn primarily from the Texas Fashion Collection, illustrate ways that these forms of creative expression have intersected and continue to break new ground. The fashion innovations that will be shown champion the past, while reinterpreting old design elements as visible, vibrant markers of culture today. Without giving too much away, expect to see garments from some of the world’s most recognizable fashion houses, such as Oscar de la Renta and Dior. Inside tip: when walking through the exhibition, don’t forget to look up! We are installing two new art series on either side of the exhibition, and the prints may look familiar. The Art Meets Fashion, 1965-2015 opens on Saturday, August 22 at 10AM, and it is located on Level One between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.