Upcoming Exhibits

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

October 19, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair honors the traveling fashion show that brought European couture fashions to the African-American community.

Organized by the Chicago History Museum and featuring iconic garments by Yves Saint-Laurent, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, and others, Inspiring Beauty demonstrates how fashion became a vehicle for empowerment, pride, and achievement.

Tell Your Story

The Ebony Fashion Fair came to Atlanta for 50 years. Did you attend in Atlanta or somewhere else? We want to hear your story.  What did the Fashion Fair mean to you? With whom did you attend? Do you have photos of what you wore? Click here to share your photos, stories, or audio recordings and to read about others who went to the Ebony Fashion Fair.

Support this Exhibition

In support of this exhibition, we are offering a limited number of garment sponsorships.  With a gift of $2,500 you will have an opportunity to choose a garment in the show to sponsor. For information about sponsoring a garment in the exhibition, click here.

To make a gift in support of this exhibition, click this link and select “Inspiring Beauty Individual” or “Inspiring Beauty Corporate” in the drop-down menu or contact Barbara Richardson at brichardson@museumofdesign.org, 404.856.5963

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Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair was developed by the Chicago History Museum in cooperation with Johnson Publishing Company, LLC, presented by the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

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Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature

January 18 - April 5, 2015

Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature discusses the techniques through which animals and humans have adapted to differing environments through an amazing diversity of structures. The exhibition investigates the ways that human dwellings extract, use, and discard energy, water and other precious natural resources and reveals innovative new design solutions that can help restore the health and viability of Earth’s natural environment.

Sustainable Shelters is organized by the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota.

To make a gift in support of this exhibition, click this link and select “Sustainable Shelter Individual Contribution” or “Sustainable Shelter Corporate Contribution” in the drop-down menu or contact Barbara Richardson at brichardson@museumofdesign.org, 404.856.5963

Designing Healthy Communities: Active Design and Its Impact

April 19 - July 19, 2015

The design of the physical environments in which humans live, work and play greatly impacts health and wellbeing. Too often however, design supports unhealthy rather than healthy habits and practices.

Architects, interior designers and urban planners are responding to this problem with active design, an approach to the development of buildings, streets and neighborhoods that makes daily physical activity and healthy foods more accessible and inviting.

Designing Healthy Communities will explore the specific active design strategies that are used to promote physical activity and healthy living. The exhibition will highlight real-world examples of these strategies in use through case studies, videos, models and interactive activities.

To make a gift in support of this exhibition, click this link and select “Active Design Individual Contribution” or “Active Design Corporate Contribution” in the drop-down menu or contact Barbara Richardson at brichardson@museumofdesign.org, 404.856.5963

3D Printing the Future

August 2 - November 1, 2015

3D printing technology and the open source communities surrounding it are rapidly changing the world by making the powerful, new tools of design and manufacturing available to a much wider audience. This accessibility ultimately allows each one of us to design customized solutions to the complex problems around us.

3D Printing the Future will explore projects, both large and small, in which 3D printing technology is being used in innovative ways. From fabricating lighter components for airplanes to designing custom prosthetics, this exhibition will explore the exciting designs made possible by 3D printing and the many questions that these technological advances will raise for our future.

3D Printing the Future is an original exhibition organized by the Museum of Design Atlanta.

To make a gift in support of this exhibition, click this link and select “3D Printing Individual Contribution” or “3D Printing Corporate Contribution” in the drop-down menu or contact Barbara Richardson at brichardson@museumofdesign.org, 404.856.5963.

Make-Believe America

November 15, 2015 - February 14, 2016

During the mid-20th century, the U.S. government sought the assistance of some of the country’s leading designers to create international, cultural exhibitions, most notably the World’s Fairs. These exhibitions were created as government propaganda, which demonstrated the attractiveness and superiority of the American way of life with the ultimate goal of containing and even diminishing the threat of communism.

Make-Believe America explores the height of U.S. cultural exhibitions (1955-1975) and demonstrates the ways in which design was used as a persuasive force. The exhibition will provide examples of work created by brilliant exhibition teams that included designers such as Herbert Bayer, Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and R. Buckminster Fuller.

Make-Believe America is an original exhibition curated by​ Andrew J. Wulf, Ph.D. Curator of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

To make a gift in support of this exhibition, click this link and select “Make-Believe America Individual Contribution” or “Make-Believe America Corporate Contribution” in the drop-down menu or contact Barbara Richardson at brichardson@museumofdesign.org, 404.856.5963.