Eyewear: Fashion with Vision

November 23, 2016, to February 5, 2017

Dr. Anne Bissonnette, Cybil Cameron, Katelin Karbonik, Katie Mooney, Naomi Milne,
Danielle Peel, and Donnalee Riley co-curators.

Few objects have had as immense a societal and personal impact as eyeglasses. In a fundamental way, this single object can transform individual lives, affect literacy, improve learning and, in doing so, impact entire nations. Changing the face of history with its corrective powers, eyewear is also a highly visible element of dress that is part of the fashion system. In popular culture it continues to be embedded with intellectualism yet is seldom seen in formal portraits, on television, in film or in fashion exhibitions. Worn by billions of people daily corrective and protective eyewear can be used symbolically for a range of personalities from conservative to assertive. Functional, decorative and rich in meaning, this unique object holds tremendous power and promise.


Introduction | RX | Dose of Design | Fashion AidArtifacts in the Exhibition Press Release |Story in The Quad |2017 Richard Martin Award

Opening reception on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by our wonderful USEED crowd-funding donors and supported by our community partners and lenders: Jackie Anderson, Bijan Optical, The Observatory Opticians, and The Royal Alberta Museum.

This exhibition received a 2017Richard Martin Exhibition Awardfrom theCostume Society of America. This was the first time in the history of this award that it was given to an exhibition co-curated by students.


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Bissonnette, Anne, Cybil Cameron, Katelin Karbonik, Naomi Milne, Katie Mooney, Danielle Peel, and Donnalee Riley. “Eyewear: Fashion with Vision,” Exhibitions, Clothing and Textiles Collection, Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta Museums, November 23, 2016. [INSERT URL].