Scaasi: American Couturier


November 4 – December 2, 2010

Curated by Colleen Pokorny as part of her Louise Rosenfeld Internship and Honors Project.

This exhibit was designed to showcase garments by American designer Arnold Isaacs (Scaasi), to familiarize students with this famous designer’s work, and as part of a year-long celebration of Scaasi’s career in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  In 1997, Arnold Scaasi donated seventeen showroom sample garments to the Textiles and Clothing Museum.  This exhibit gave students an opportunity to learn about an iconic American Designer and couture construction techniques.

scaasi-exhibit_2The exhibit display focused on three decades, the 70s, 80s, and 90s, as those were the decades in which the garments were designed.  This provided an overview of Scaasi’s design aesthetic and how it changed, or did not change, throughout the years.  Two dresses from each end of this time-span opened the exhibit. Special emphasis was placed on the knowledge that all the garments were showroom samples, and therefore unfinished.  This allowed for a dress to be turned inside-out so that the couture construction techniques could be seen.