Rock, art, and fashion are so inextricably linked, it's often difficult to know when one begins and the other ends. For the work of Indiana native fashion designer Stephen Sprouse, this is especially true. In fact, it's likely that even if you don't know his name, you know the artists and fashion houses he designed for, and may have even seen his iconic style at some point. With a body of work spanning from the 1970s to 2000s, Sprouse created trends lasting multiple generations. And now, you can immerse yourself in that world of art, fashion, and rock 'n roll when you visit Newfields, home of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, as Stephen Sprouse: Rock | Art | Fashion presented by Target debuts July 16th.
Take in more than 60 ensembles and shoes of Sprouse's impressive fashion lines. Best known for Day-Glo and graffiti styles, Sprouse styled the likes of Debbie Harry during her days in the rock band Blondie. You can also see Andy Warhol’s 1984 double portrait of Sprouse, a close friend. Stephen Sprouse designed exclusive lines for the likes of Barney’s New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Louis Vuitton, and Target, too. You'll be able to experience all of the above and more in this interactive exhibit. Over 10,000 pieces were generously donated to the IMA by Joanne Sprouse, Stephen's mother, and Bradford Sprouse, Stephen's brother.
If you're looking to get a headstart on all of the creativity threaded throughout Sprouse's work, Newfield's has compiled a Spotify playlist of music Sprouse listened to and used in his runway shows, as well as the artists he styled and befriended. You can also watch videos featuring interviews with the designer who forever impacted culture. Or you can explore an interactive map that helps you better understand Sprouse’s role in New York’s Downtown Pop Underground.
What are you waiting for? It's time to buy your tickets for Stephen Sprouse: Rock | Art | Fashion at Newfields.