Fashion Collides with Folk Art at Appleton in “Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art”

The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will present “Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art,” Feb. 3-April 29, 2018.

Fashion has always found inspiration in unpredictable sources: art, life, history — there are no boundaries. In this spirit, “Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art” explores the relationship between inspiration and creation. Thirteen established and emerging designers have created original ensembles inspired by artwork in the American Folk Art Museum’s collection.

The exhibit, guest curated by Alexis Carreño, includes 15 original ensembles and 23 works of art from the collection of the American Folk Art Museum.

This traveling exhibition is organized by the American Folk Art Museum, New York, and circulated by the Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama. The tour of this exhibition is supported in part by the Leir Charitable Foundations in memory of Henry J. & Erna D. Leir, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Exhibition Events:

Director’s Circle Sneak Peek
Friday, Feb. 2, 5 p.m.

Appleton Director’s Circle members are invited to join Curator of Exhibitions Patricia Tomlinson for a sneak peek of “Folk Couture.” Beverages and hors d’oeuvres included. RSVP required to Colleen Harper, or 352-291-4455, ext. 1831.

Fashion Show
Saturday, April 21, 5-8 p.m.

Dress to impress for this art-inspired fashion show with VIP guest Fabio Costa, designer and “Project Runway” star. Enjoy sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres as area designers showcase their own work on the runway, as well as one ensemble inspired by a work of art in the Appleton’s collection. VIP Package is $125 and includes front row seats, a meet-and-greet reception with Fabio Costa, and more. General Admission is $60; $50 for Appleton members. All tickets must be purchased in advance by visiting or calling Visitor Services at 352-291-4455.

Inspired Speakers Series with Fabio Costa
Sunday, April 22, 2 p.m.

Designer and “Project Runway” star Fabio Costa will give a talk on his life in fashion. Free for Appleton members; $10 for nonmembers. Reservations and tickets must be obtained in advance by visiting or calling Visitor Services at 352-291-4455.

In addition to temporary exhibitions, the Appleton Museum of Art presents a permanent collection of European, American and contemporary art, plus Asian, African and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities.

Through February 2018, the main portion of the museum will not be available to visitors due to a heating and cooling equipment replacement project. The Edith-Marie Appleton Gallery, ARTSpace, art classrooms and a mini Appleton Store are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and closed every Monday. During this time, our regular admission fees will be replaced with a pay-what-you-wish donation option.