Fashion and The Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto

Friday, September 14, 2012 to Sunday, August 18, 2013

Image (c) Kuhlmann Studio

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About the Exhibition:

A translucent raincoat made of seal intestines. An artfully sewn vest of crocodile skin. A chic evening gown of rubber-coated thread. Lovers of art, style, and history alike will revel in the exhibition Fashion and The Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto. This thoughtful presentation showcases clothing masterworks from the Museum’s collections, selected by esteemed Chicago fashion designer Maria Pinto. These works are presented in tandem with contemporary pieces created by Pinto herself and displayed exclusively at The Field Museum.

Maria Pinto has selected what her designer’s eye tells her are the most beautiful and intriguing clothes and accessories at The Field Museum. Attracted by their forms, textures, and surprising materials, Pinto then drew connections between Museum garments and her own designs from recent spring and fall collections. Her intuitive sense for provocative combinations provides a fresh look into artifacts like Inuit fur shorts and an Ethiopian shield made of hippo hide. And inspired by a 19th century Chinese theatrical headdress, Pinto has designed a new ensemble of women’s wear, expressly for this exhibition.

Click here to view an interactive tour of Maria Pinto's designs and the objects she chose from the Field Museum's collections.

Included with basic admission. This exhibition is organized by The Field Museum and Maria Pinto.

Major sponsor: Sara Lee Foundation.

Photograph by Nathan Beckner

About the Photographer:

Nathan Beckner is a Chicago based fashion photographer. After receiving his education in photography from University of Westminster, London, he began refining his craft, first in Hamburg, then in Miami. His work has appeared in such publications as Chicago Tribune Magazine, Ocean Drive, CS, Vanity Fair UK, Vegas, Ebony, Michigan Ave., Venice, InStyle, and Martha Stewart Weddings. Beckner has also shot some of Chicago's most notables including Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson, among others. He regularly shoots national beauty and fashion campaigns.