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“Though fashion may be the lure, the art shines. Even at their most outré, the outfits complement rather than distract from the many gems of the American Folk Art Museum’s collection.”

“The American Folk Art museum features wondrous outfits inspired by objects in the collection.”

“Just as the past pushed its way into the present, this project influenced Gary Graham’s work in the future.”

“Designer fashion and folk art aren’t exactly natural bedfellows, but the American Folk Art Museum is making a statement that the two can cohabitate quite naturally.”Mark Karimzadeh, January 21, 2014

“The point [of Folk Couture] was to allow an eighteenth-century quilt, a tattoo pattern book, a carved coyote, dog, or ram, or a paper cutout to live in another context—where we can see it again with a different eye—and to create something arresting in the process.”

“Folk art gets fashionable at the American Folk Art Museum’s Folk Couture.”

Major support for the exhibition is provided by Joyce Berger Cowin and The Coby Foundation, Ltd. Additional support is from public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State legislature, the Ford Foundation, and the David Davies and Jack Weeden Fund for Exhibitions. Support for the exhibition catalog has been provided by Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf and Elizabeth V. and Irwin H. Warren. Lectures and symposia are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Guest Curator: Alexis Carreño

Project Coordinator: Stacy C. Hollander, DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR CURATORIAL AFFAIRS, chief curator, and director of exhibitions, American Folk Art Museum

Ensemble and portrait photography: Mete Ozeren

Museum collection photography: Gavin Ashworth, Matt Hoebermann, Schecter Lee, John Parnell, and John Bigelow Taylor

Graphic design: Florio Design

Exhibition design: Situ Studio

Website design: Brooklyn United