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All of Everything: Todd Oldham Fashion

March 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 8:00am, repeating until April 15, 2018 12:00 am

Todd Oldham Fashion
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Wexner Center press release: For winter 2018, much of the Wexner Center for the Arts will be decked in plaid, tie dye, sequins, beads, fine embroidery, and faux fur. From February 3 through April 15, 2018, the Wex will present All of Everything: Todd Oldham Fashion, the first “full-dress” retrospective of the designer’s exuberantly styled and deliriously embellished fashion work from the 1990s. It launches with a free exhibition preview with Oldham in attendance on Friday, February 2 at 5 p.m.

In a single decade—from 1989 to 1999—Oldham blazed through the New York fashion world, reshaping the runway landscape with brilliant garments inspired by everything from Persian carpets to thrift store finds. His ingenuity with fashion ultimately led to an ever more expansive studio practice encompassing furniture design, book publishing, filmmaking, photography, and the production of DIY craft kits for children and adults.

Featuring more than 70 ensembles, All of Everything draws extensively from the Todd Oldham Studio archives, a portion of which was recently donated to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum. The exhibition was curated by Kate Irvin, Curator, Costume and Textiles at the RISD Museum; the Wex is the only other venue for the show, where it will be overseen by Megan Cavanaugh, Director of Exhibitions Management.

Wex director Sherri Geldin notes, “Todd Oldham’s 10 years in the fashion world was marked by bold imagination, irreverent wit, and a near promiscuous delight in upending traditional fashion decorum and dictates. Viewers will be amazed by the sheer audacity of Oldham’s materials, ornamentation, and ‘cheeky’ chic, while at the same time awed by the designer’s exquisite mastery of intricate fabrication and detail.”

The respective installations at RISD and the Wex were designed by Oldham, who took his inspiration from French formal gardens. He worked closely with the curator to create fresh looks for the show by uniting garments from multiple collections. As a complement to his styles of the past, Oldham also collaborated with RISD students on a bright new ensemble for the exhibition.

“The show’s title, All of Everything, is a play on Gertrude Stein’s phrase ‘and then there is using everything,’” Irvin says. “Todd’s creations resonate with thought, feeling, and a profound commitment to fully exploring potential and possibilities. Novelty in Todd’s universe has indeed meant ‘using everything,’ all of one’s resources and all of one’s heart to create feats of imagination and technique that defy boundaries and challenge past definitions of fashion and its reach within the creative community.”

Oldham’s clothing incorporates materials as simple as pipe cleaners and safety pins and details as sumptuous as hand knit work, Swarovski crystal encrusting, and beaded embroidery from a 400-year-old workshop in India that specialized in traditional wedding saris. His appreciation for the labor involved in each creation kept Oldham from holding sample sales as most designers do, resulting in an especially rich storehouse of pieces to cull from for this exhibition.

All of Everything opens with footage of several of Oldham’s runway shows; he was among the first to work with African American models Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell on the catwalk, as well as rising supermodels Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, and Christy Turlington. The exhibition also features an array of Oldham-designed accessories and buttons and a selection of paper collage works—another outlet for his obsession with vibrant shades and dense patterns.

In all, the exhibition offers an immersive, wonderfully fun opportunity to reflect on the talents of one of the most influential and uniquely versatile designers working today.

• A free exhibition preview with Oldham in attendance will take place on Friday, February 2 at 5 p.m.

• Gayle Strege, curator of The Ohio State University Historic Costume & Textiles Collection, will present a free gallery talk on Oldham’s work on Wednesday, February 14 at 1 p.m.

• On Sunday, March 18 from noon to 4 p.m., visitors of all ages are invited to view the exhibitions and create “experimental, experiential wearables” during the free Super Sunday: Art Studio with Madeline Conway and Dora Rodriguez.

All of Everything: Todd Oldham Fashion is on view February 3-April 15, 2018 at the Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. (at 15th Avenue) on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus.

Tickets are $8 general admission; $6 for senior citizens, and free for members, college students, and those under 18. Admission is also free with a ticket to any same-day Wexner Center event.


March 14
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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