Ralph Rucci Collection Takes the Stage at Kent State University Museum
Well-known and admired throughout the international fashion community, Rucci has worked diligently to develop a body of work known for its innovative approaches to cut and construction and its brilliant craftsmanship since 1981. His label, Chado Ralph Rucci, has drawn a sophisticated international clientele since 1994 and expanded in 2002 when he began showing haute couture in Paris.
Born and educated in the United States, Rucci designs some of the finest, most intricate, graceful and wearable clothes in the world. Impervious to fads and the increased theatricality of the couture world, Rucci's work mirrors his peaceful and introspective ways. Never compromising on quality, Rucci has succeeded in creating unique and individualistic collections that draw inspiration from the great couturiers of the 20th century while transcending its sources to merge the past with the present.
The Kent State University Museum exhibition will be the first major public display of Rucci’s work.
Dr. Anne Bissonnette, curator for this exhibition, made the arrangements for Rucci to display his works at the museum.
“I had seen Rucci suits in Neiman Marcus department stores in San Francisco and Houston and was always impressed with their quality and originality,” Bissonnette says. But it wasn’t until she saw several “highly sculptural” Rucci evening gowns at “Form Follows Fashion,” an exhibition at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, that Bissonnette was struck by the designer’s deep roots.
“I was in awe,” she says, “[which is] something that rarely happens now-a-days for a costume historian. I wrote Mr. Rucci inquiring about a few garments to present at the museum. We now have more than 70 for what is turning out to be a major exhibition.”
Both events are free and open to the public as part of the Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Lecture Series, made possible by a generous gift from Max and Cil Draime. To recognize Rucci’s contributions to the field of fashion design, the Fashion School will present him with its Hall of Fame Award.
The Kent State University Museum will waive entrance fees for the Chado Ralph Rucci exhibition for all visitors attending the opening day lecture and reception.
The museum exhibition, which runs through April 23, 2006, will present garments covering the span of Rucci’s career, including some of his early garments from the 1980s.
The Kent State University Museum is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4:45p.m. It is closed Monday and Tuesday. The museum is located in Rockwell Hall on the corner of East Main and South Lincoln streets on the Kent Campus.
For more information about the museum, this and other exhibitions, visit the Kent State University Museum Web site.
By Carli Cichocki