GREENWICH VILLAGE — An art show curated by a group of eight students studying the history of dress at New York University is set to open at a gallery near Washington Square Park on Jan. 17.
The show, titled "Performing Fashion: New York City," features clothing, video and objects to showcase how different communities and subcultures have used clothing and their bodies to "perform" over nearly 40 years in this city.
“In thinking about what makes the city so dynamic from a fashion perspective, the curators homed in on expression, and the ways in which people use adornment and self-presentation to display their public and private personae,” curatorial director Tracy Jenkins Yoshimura said in a statement.
The student curators, all enrolled in the NYU Steinhardt School's Costume Studies' Masters program — the first such program formed in the United States — focused on how fashion is used in performance, including looks from Studio 54, burlesque dancers, 1980s Fire Island costume parties, guerilla fashion shows and club culture.
The show will run at 80WSE Gallery at 80 Washington Square East from its opening on Jan. 17 through Feb. 2.
An opening reception is scheduled for Jan. 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as a subsequent panel discussion featuring burlesque performers, artists and designers on Jan. 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Einstein Auditorium at 34 Stuyvesant St. in the East Village.