Skin Tight: The Sensibility of the Flesh


Presenting the designs and concepts of fashion designers in a contemporary art museum context, Skin Tight is premised on the idea that art and fashion are parallel impulses that powerfully influence and react to one another. The exhibition explores the extreme innovations of a range of primarily European designers including Hussein Chalayan, Martin Margiela, Walter Van Beirendonck, Viktor & Rolf, and others, to probe the cultural construction of identity in a way that challenges the perception and presentation of the self.

The exhibition is curated by guest curator Sylvia Chivaratanond, assisted by Tabatha Tucker, Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow. The exhibition design is by Ammar Eloueini.


Walter Van Beirendonck, Summer 2000
Photo: Dan Lecca


This exhibition is made possible by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. Generous support is provided by Donna Karan, Stephan Weiss Studio Ltd., and the Karan Weiss Foundation. Generous support is also provided by Muriel Kallis Newman. Additional support is also provided by Sara Albrecht, Ultimo, the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Foundation, Étant donnés: The French American Fund for Contemporary Art, Margot and George Greig, and the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam. Air transportation is provided by American Airlines, the official airline of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Media support provided in part by Dwell magazine. In-kind support provided by the Le Mèridien Chicago Hotel.