“I am honoured to be asked to be part of the celebrated history of exhibitions presented by the Frost Art Museum FIU” said Narciso Rodriguez about the first couture exhibition ever-presented in the Museum, and running until 8 January 2017.

The exhibition features 40 garments and purses by the Cuban-American fashion designer juxtaposed with artworks, archival materials, original sketches, and videos. Rodriguez has acted as a curator in this show, and has selected this material to demonstrate the influence of Minimalism on his rigorous and elegant practice. Presented in the museum’s Grand Galleries, Rodriguez’s work is presented alongside works by major artists, including Carmen Herrera, Donald Judd, Lygia Clark, Mira Schendel, and Elena Asins, among others.

“The strength of Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism lies in the artistry and working process of the designer who, like a sculptor or painter, finds inspiration in the built and natural world to sketch out his ideas,” said the Frost Art Museum’s Director, Dr. Jordana Pomeroy. “The Frost Art Museum has deliberately approached this exhibition as an opportunity to present Narciso Rodriguez’s looks as an artistic continuum of ideas to which he returns over and over again.”

On November 4, 2008, Narciso Rodriguez made American history when Michelle Obama chose to wear a red and black dress from the designer’s Spring 2009 Collection for the President’s election night.

Images: Photo Credits: Alejandro Chavarria/World Red Eye, Courtesy of Frost Art Museum FIU