Coming Summer 2022!
July 30, 2022 to January 8, 2023
Fresno Art Museum and Barrett Barrera Projects present a multidimensional traveling fashion exhibition examining the seven archetypes of womanhood.
is an exhibition exploring new femininity and storytelling
in boundary-pushing fashion.
A Queen Within investigates symbols of womanhood and challenges conventional notions of beauty with experimental gowns, headpieces, and jewelry by boundary-pushing fashion designers and artists including Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Chromat, Studio Roosegaarde, Gypsy Sport, Maïmouna Guerresi, and Iris van Herpen. The exhibition features more than 100 articles of fashion, photography, and videos presented in a dramatic gallery design that explores seven archetypal personality types, including Mother Earth, Sage, Enchantress, Explorer, Heroine, Magician, and Thespian. Derived from recurring motifs in myths and fairy tales of world literature, these archetypes are used to help unpack our understanding of the visual symbolism of female identity.
“Fashion is art in motion that speaks to all generations and cultures,” Fresno Art Museum Executive Director Michele Ellis Pracy says. “A Queen Within is the type of high impact, high-end exhibition that Fresno deserves.”
In a moment of critical reevaluation of women’s roles in culture, business, and society at large, A Queen Within presents a progressive, global exploration of female archetypes as seen through the eyes of an international cast of influential fashion and visual arts practitioners including Adidas, Alexander McQueen, Anrealage/Kunihiko Morinaga, Antoine Peters, Ashish, Bea Szenfeld, Bourgeois Boheme, Carcel, Chanel, Chan Luu, Charlie le Mindu, Chromat, Comme des Garçons, David Lachapelle, Diana Scherer, Fantich & Young, Gianfranco Ferré, Gucci, Gypsy Sport, Hassan Hajjaj, Herdentier, Hideki Seo, Iris van Herpen, Jordan Askill, Keta Gutmane, Maja Gunn, Maiko Takeda, Maïmouna Guerresi, Michael Drummond, Minna Palmqvist, MuSkin, Pam Hogg, Prada, Reformation, Sandra Backlund, Serena Gili, Shaun Leane, Slow Factory, Studio Roosegaarde, Tabitha Osler, Tommy Hilfiger, Vivienne Westwood, and specially commissioned headpieces by Charlie le Mindu.
"We are thrilled to present A Queen Within at the Fresno Art Museum," says co-curator Sofia Hedman-Martynova of MUSEEA. "Living at the crossroads of several national parks, Fresnans are uniquely aware of the necessity of protecting our natural world. Many of the featured designers in A Queen Within regularly incorporate themes of nature and sustainability into their practice and designs to promote a healthier and more beautiful future for all."
The exhibition opens to the public July 30, 2022 and will remain on view through January 8, 2023.
ABOUT BARRETT BARRERA PROJECTS
Barrett Barrera Projects is the originator of a new model, in which museum touring exhibitions, multiple gallery spaces, private client sales, art-centered event production, and consultancy services are offered from a single organization. The company manages the world’s largest private collection of Alexander McQueen’s work, a large portion of which is featured in the exhibition, alongside an equally expansive representation of significant contemporary designers and artists. Barrett Barrera Projects offers complex, multi-disciplinary exhibition experiences that challenge the traditional boundaries separating art, fashion, design, and performance.
MUSEEA is a multidisciplinary design and curatorial platform based in London/Stockholm/Barcelona. Integral to their work is creating thought-provoking immersive environments that intrigue, inspire and draw people together. MUSEEA’s projects are driven by a passion for stimulating collaborations, global inclusivity, and sustainable artistic practices.