If you are a scoop fan, chances are you love all things fashion and fashionable, cultured and cultural, and you can’t wait to visit the new William Ivey Long exhibit that just kicked off at the Mint Uptown. We’ve got the full scoop on that incredible exhibit below, along with one you may not be aware of, but also MUST SEE ~ Charlotte Collects: Contemporary Couture and Fabulous Fashion, now at the Mint Randolph.

William Ivey Long: COSTUME DESIGNS 2007-2016. 

Mint Museum Uptown | Sep 23 2017-Jun 3 2018

North Carolina native William Ivey Long is one of the most renowned theatrical costume designers working today. He is a six-time Tony Award-Winning Broadway costume designer and worked on some of our favorite productions, like Nine, Chicago, Cabaret, The Music Man, Company, Seussical, The Producers (including the movie adaptation), Hairspray, and Little Shop of Horrors.

This exhibition explores his most recent work, with costumes and materials from the theatrical productions The Lost Colony (redesigned 2007–2008), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (2013), Little Dancer (2014), and On the Twentieth Century (2015), as well as the television specials Grease Live! (2016), and The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again (2016). The exhibit focuses on Long’s design process in addition to costumes from the 7 theatrical and TV productions, so you’ll see his sketches, swatches, mood boards, and other creative process materials along with the costumes. You can see several video interviews with William Ivey Long on the mintwiki page about him here.

The William Ivey Long exhibit has been organized by the Mint Museum, and Mr. Long himself assisted with the finishing touches on it before opening. Tickets to the Mint are $10-$15 here and there is no extra fee to see the Long exhibit. 

Don’t forget, too, that Wednesdays are FREE for all at both Mint locations, (thank you Publix) from 5 to 9 pm.

Worth noting, at the October TASTE OF THE MINT, Ms. Rebecca Elliot, Assistant Curator of Craft, Design, and Fashion, will lead TASTERS through the special William Ivey Long exhibition with crafted cocktails and small bites designed by EVOKE restaurant’s Chef Rodrigo Velazco, Pastry Chef Chelsea Ecdao, and head bartender Stacy Jethroe– all inspired by Costume Designs. 

In addition, William Ivey Long will be the keynote speaker and honored guest at the Mint Museum Auxiliary’s Fall Enrichment Forum on November 8th. Tickets are often sold out for this annual event, so if you are interested, reserve your seat now. ($125). 




Mint Museum Randolph | Oct 14 2017-Feb 4 2018  

Charlotte Collects is an exhibit that begins in just a few weeks at the Mint Museum RANDOLPH location, and will feature 21st Century gowns from 10 local collectors: Amanda Weisiger Cornelson, Lisa Dargan, Myra Gassman, Deidre Grubb, Alex Holleman, Chandra Janway Johnson, Ashley Mattei, Laura Vinroot Poole, Kim Blanding Putney, and Ann Tarwater.  From cocktail attire to wedding dresses, the Charlotte Collects exhibition includes creations by Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Issey Miyake, Isaac Mizrahi, Rochas, Rodarte, Jason Wu, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, and Junya Watanabe, and it highlights the meticulous craftsmanship, attention to detail, and fine materials characteristic of couture. You can read more on each of the designers included in the mintwiki here.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2014
Collection of Lisa Dargan

Issey Miyake Design Studio
Collection of Myra Gassman

Isaac Mizrahi
Collection of Chandra Johnson

Jason Wu Evening gown (ready-to-wear), 2015, Collection of Alex Holleman