An American Look: Fashion, Decorative Arts & Gustav Stickley

Posted on May 28, 2013 by


June 15 — September 22, 2013

Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

An American Look is a unique exhibition that, for the first time, examines the influence of an Arts & Crafts aesthetic in American fashion during the early 20th century. Color, texture and motif were all adapted from the Arts & Crafts elements of furniture, ceramics and other furnishings of the period for upper-class fashion. Clothing styles of 1910-1914 are particularly representative of the elegant simplicity of Arts and Crafts objects popular in the preceding decade. An American Look includes 34 examples from the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection housed at Syracuse University, along with ceramics, Stickley furniture and other decorative art examples from the Everson’s permanent collection.

An American Look: Fashion, Decorative Arts & Gustav Stickley has been co-organized by Jeffrey Mayer, curator of  the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection and associate professor of fashion design and history at College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University in collaboration with Debora Ryan, Senior Curator, Everson Museum of Art.

Gustav Stickley

Tall-back inlaid oak armchair designed by Harvey Ellis for Gustav Stickley, c. 1903, gift of anonymous donor 1999.60.01; Clifton Pottery Crystal Patina vase #148, 1906; Clifton Pottery Crystal Patina vase #166, 1905; Grueby Pottery low bowl with matte green glaze 2000.27.12; contemporary oak tabouret by Mitchell Andrus. Photography credit: Steve Sartori.