The latest in a growing crop of city museums to exhibit fashion garments as art, the American Folk Art Museum showcases the work of 13 contemporary designers. Not sure what this has to do with folk art? Here's the catch: In a Project Runway–style prompt, each designer or design team was asked to use one or more pieces in the museum's gallery as inspiration for their garment. Tattoo patterns, quilts, wood carvings and even a weather vane are among the artifacts used by the artists.
"Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art"
Photograph: Mete Ozeren Original couture by Michael Bastian
Photograph: Mete Ozeren Original couture by Fabio Costa/Not Equa
Photograph: courtesy American Folk Art Museum Sacred Heart of Jesus, Artist unidentified
Photograph: Mete Ozeren Original couture by Jean Yu
Photograph: Gavin Ashworth Porcupine, David Alvarez
Photograph: Mete Ozeren Original couture by threeASFOUR
Photograph: Matt Hoebermann Friendship Star Quilt, Elizabeth Hooton (Cresson) Savery and others