by Brian Lipton
Thom Browne / Photo Courtesy of Circe
Thom Browne

Award-winning fashion designer Thom Browne will curate Thom Browne Selects, a new exhibition for New York City’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum, to run March 4-October 2.

The “Selects” series explores ideas of reflection and individuality. Browne’s exhibition will include more than 50 of the museum’s historic and contemporary mirrors and frames, as well as some personal objects.

“A National Design Award winner for fashion design in 2012, Thom Browne’s rigorous technique and provocative work have made him one of America’s most celebrated designers and earned him legions of fans,” said Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt. “Thom’s engagement with Cooper Hewitt’s extraordinary collection of historic and contemporary mirrors and frames will give new insight into his singular design vision, as well as enhance our understanding of the individual works he selected.”

“When approaching this project and exhibition, I was drawn to the collection of mirrors and wanted to create an installation that played on the idea of reflection—giving the viewer the idea that his or her reflection is a work of art,” said Browne. “My intent was also to play with the idea of uniformity and individuality.”

The exhibition is the 13th in the ongoing series in which prominent designers, artists and architects are invited to mine and interpret the museum’s collection of more than 210,000 objects. Previous “selectors” have included Maira Kalman and Ted Muehling.