New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 1990. First Edition. Small Folio. (37 cm.) 140 pp. Stiff photographic paper wrappers. Photo-pictorial gatefold dust jacket. Presentation copy with "The University Club" luncheon menu pastedown to blank verso of front wrapper and invitation to same 1992 luncheon honoring museum curator, Richard Martin, attached. Inscribed by honoree, Richard Martin. Item #78
In 1990, the Fashion Institute of Technology held a highly curated exhibition of 100 years of swimwear. Bathing suits, notoriously difficult to design, must contend with and yet agree with social norms. It is a treacherous thing indeed to expose and yet not expose the human body. Swimwear, the eroticism it arouses and the social complications it creates, has been highly chronicled with the help of photography. Fashion scholars Richard Martin and Harold Koda, at the time, both curators with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, collaborated on "SPLASH!" to accompany the 1990 exhibition. Numerous archival photographs in both black and white and vivid color show the changes in society, fashion and fabric technology. Both Koda and Martin were instrumental in the ultimate creation of the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.