Fashioning Femininity and Storytelling

A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes explores seven personality types of a queen – or, metaphorically, a woman: The Sage, Magician, Enchantress, Explorer, Mother Earth, Heroine and Thespian. The story of each persona, which also forms the themes of the exhibition, is articulated through contemporary fashion, photography, film, and artwork.

In storytelling, archetypes exist as powerful figures that consolidate certain human universals. Through female archetypes in particular, we may glimpse the essence and multiplicities of feminine resolve. In this exhibition, each form of the queen stands as a powerful wellspring of creative inspiration for contemplating the relationship between dress, society and our shared history.

A full-color catalogue accompanies the exhibition, which may be purchased here.

A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes is now on view at the Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA, July 30, 2022 – January 8, 2023.

A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes was on view at the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, WA, May 11 – September 2, 2019.

 A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes was on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, February 21 – May 28, 2018.

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       Explore A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes at Fresno Art Museum, 2022.

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