McCord Museum wins North American award for Fashoning Expo 67

03/05/2018
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The Costume Society of America has recognized the McCord Museum's outstanding Fashioning Expo 67 exhibition with the prestigious Richard Martin Exhibition Award. Presented from March 17 to October 1, 2017, Fashioning Expo 67 drew on exhaustive research into the Museum's extensive collections to highlight a milestone in Montreal and Quebec fashion.

First given in 2002, Richard Martin Exhibition Awards recognize outstanding costume exhibitions presented by both large and small museums in North America. Award-winning exhibitions demonstrate excellence and innovation in the presentation and interpretation of costume, providing visitors with a unique, enriching experience.

Drawing from the Museum's vast Dress, Fashion and Textiles collection and extensive research on Expo by Cynthia Cooper, the McCord Museum’s Head, Collections and Research, and Curator, Dress, Fashion and Textiles, the exhibition illustrated the role of fashion in the effervescent 1960s and how Expo 67 inspired Quebec designers.

In their remarks, jury members noted the costume mounting, the rich object selection, the exceptional quality of the scholarship and its presentation, along with the impressive exhibition design. The first to view Expo 67 through the prism of fashion, this original exhibition was also notable for its engaging, inspiring and thoughtful approach, and its ability to evoke the exuberance of Expo 67 and thus enable visitors to experience the energy of Montreal's watershed fashion moment.

This is the third time that the McCord Museum has been awarded the Richard Martin Exhibition Award from the Costume Society of America. The Museum was recognized with this honour in 2003, for the Clothes Make the Man exhibition, and in 2009, for its Reveal or Conceal? exhibition. "Given the proliferation of museum exhibitions devoted to fashion over the past 20 years, we are extremely proud that the exceptional quality of our work has been recognized once again by our North American peers," noted Suzanne Sauvage, President and Chief Executive Officer of the McCord Museum. "Receiving this honour for a third time confirms the McCord Museum's pre-eminence in this field, a remarkable achievement."

The official awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, March 13, in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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