A State of Fashion 

Summer 2017 is fashion season at MOWA. The museum will feature four sartorial-themed exhibitions, viewing the world of fashion from a variety of perspectives. From a broad survey of modern fashion to the cutting-edge work of contemporary designers, these four exhibitions offer a comprehensive look beyond the runway to uncover the spirit of fashion in American society.




On view through September 17
Kick-off fashion season in style at the A State of Fashion opening party. This is your chance to meet the artists and curators while enjoying music, light snacks, and a cash bar. Bring friends and family along for this must-see fashionable summer event. 

The Roddis Collection: American Style and Spirit 
From haute couture to everyday wear, this historically-significant collection dates back to before the Civil War. It was uncovered in 1972 in an attic in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Worn by six generations of the Roddis family, this collection is now part of the Henry Ford Museum garnering nationwide attention from The New York Times and its New York Times Best Seller catalogue, American Style and Spirit. View exhibition activities

Florence Eiseman: Designing Childhood for the American Century
A collection of high-end children’s garments from the Milwaukee-based Florence Eiseman Company will illustrate why the clothing line was instrumental in fashioning the standard look for the Post-War American child, attracting the likes of Princess Grace of Monaco, Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, the Kennedys, Beyoncé, and the Obama Administration. View exhibition activities

Contemporary Threads: Wisconsin Fashion
Pushing the boundaries of fashion, the work of ten contemporary designers will include four Project Runway alumnae, a designer for Lady Gaga, and other notables from across the country all with a Wisconsin connection. View exhibition activities

Daniel Arnold: A Paparazzo for Strangers A series of photographs will provide a look at fashion through the lens of New York City street photographer Daniel Arnold, a Milwaukee native and photographer for Vogue, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. View exhibition activities