Famous designer and LSU alumna Suzanne Perron considers herself as much a dressmaker as a designer.
"I take no offense if someone calls me a dressmaker, because that's what I do," she said.
The upcoming exhibit at the LSU Museum of Art, titled "Revealed: Exquisite Gowns by Suzanne Perron," will feature 13 bridal and Mardi Gras gowns designed by Perron between 2008 and 2013, including gowns worn by queens from some of the most recognized New Orleans krewes. Some of the bridal gowns were most recently illustrated in Perron's book, "Designing in Ivory and White," published by LSU Press in 2012, with lavish color photographs taken by Jason Cohen.
"Making a gown for someone's special occasion such as a Mardi Gras ball or a wedding is a different experience from making a dress for a model walking the runway for a few seconds" said Perron.
If the gowns seem like fantasy confections, the exhibition will provide the designer's grounded point of view, from patternmaking and draping to sewing and beading, until the gown reaches the designer's – and the wearer's – final vision.
"While Suzanne is not an 'emerging' artist in the traditional sense of the word, she is setting the stage for high design in the niche arenas of bridal wear and Mardi Gras gowns," said Jordana Pomeroy, executive director of the LSU Museum of Art. "Fashion design has become a part of the visual arts world and the LSU Museum of Art will continue to explore this art form in future programming.
This exhibition, organized in collaboration with the LSU Textile & Costume Museum, will be on display from March 16-July 28 at the LSU Museum of Art, located on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette Street, in downtown Baton Rouge. This exhibition is made possible in part by support from Charles E. Schwing, Katherine & Paul Spaht, Mr. & Mrs. Lynes R. Sloss and One Cleaners.
Perron received her bachelor's degree in apparel design from LSU in 1991. After graduating from LSU, Perron completed an accelerated program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. In 1993, Carolina Herrera's studio hired Perron as a design assistant, where her responsibilities included the design of beading and embroidery patterns. Perron was particularly valued for her expertise as a draper and patternmaker with Herrera and later Anna Sui, Christina Perrin and legendary bridal gown designer Vera Wang. Perron returned to Louisiana to open her own elegant design room off Magazine Street in New Orleans. To learn more about Perron, visit www.suzanneperron.com.
"Designing in Ivory and White" is available at the LSU Museum Store, located on the first floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, and online at www.lsumoa.com.
The LSU Museum of Art will also present a series of exciting educational programs including lectures, gallery talks, art making workshops and interactive school tours for all ages, designed to further explore the exhibition. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact LSU Museum of Art Coordinator of School and Community Programs Lucy Perera at 225-389-7207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
General admission to the LSU Museum of Art is $5 each for adults and children age 13 and over. Admission is free to university faculty, staff and students with ID, children age 12 and under and museum members. Hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. To learn more about the LSU Museum of Art, visit www.lsumoa.com or call (225) 389-7200.