COUNTER-COUTURE, Bellevue Arts Museum

Fashioning Identity in the American Counterculture

Exhibition Premiere, September 2015 - January 2016 at Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
Michael Cepress, creator and curator of the exhibition COUNTER-COUTURE, has devoted the past 15 years of his life to the steady pursuit and celebration of unsung icons, legends, and makers of America's 1960s and 1970s counterculture fashion scene.  A passionate devotion to the importance of this era has brought Cepress to locate the counter-culture’s key players, document their stories, and unearth the designs that created the cultural Renaissance of this period. His vision for this traveling museum exhibition shares the stories of his research as he navigated the back roads and attics of countless free-thinking American enclaves in search of the best and the brightest fashion pieces from this remarkable era.

ARTISTS INCLUDED: Alex and Lee, Apple Cobbler, Linda Bacon, Shari E. Wolf Boraz, Victoria Bradshaw, Nacio Jan Brown, Laurel Burch, 100% Birgitta (Birgitta Bjerke), Nina Jean Carisi, Jill Nordfors Clark, Marian Clayden, Sas Colby, Leslie Correll, Christopher Crookedstitch, Cuca/RAL West, Mary Eaton, Michael Fajans, Patricia Farber, Gretchen Fetchen (Paula Douglas), Wavy Gravy, Fayette Hauser, Nina Huryn, Bliss Israel, Eric Johannsen, Kathleen Kelly, Esmerelda Kent, Scrumbly Koldewyn, Margaux Kirsch and Elia Haworth, Candace and Fred Kling, Dina Knapp, Neshama Franklin, Alexandra Jacopetti Hart, Jean Cacicedo Leach, Zubin Levy, Janet Lipkin, The Love Israel Family, K Lee Manuel, Anna Polesny, Yvonne Porcella, Rose Powers, Barbara Ramsey, Jahanarah Romney, Mary Ann Schildknecht, Star Shields, Billy Shire, The Source Family, Susan Van Brunt, Sandra and Ben Van Meter, Kaisik Wong

Photography by LaVie Photo, Seattle, WA