Experimental gowns, headpieces, and jewelry by avant-garde fashion designers such as Alexander McQueen, Gucci, and Iris van Herpen investigate symbols of womanhood and challenge conventional notions of beauty. More than 100 articles of daring fashion are presented in a dramatic gallery design that explores seven archetypal personality types, including Sage, Magician, Enchantress, Explorer, Mother Earth, Heroine, and Thespian.

A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes is an exhibition developed by Barrett Barrera Projects and MUSEEA, and toured internationally by Flying Fish. The New Orleans presentation is supported by Ashley Longshore and Millie Davis Kohn.

Ensemble, Natural Distinction, Un-natural Selection

Spring/Summer 2009

Alexander McQueen

Courtesy RKL Consulting, Photography: Mattias Lindback

Dress, Heaven and Hell Collection

Autumn/Winter 2010

Alexander McQueen

Courtesy RKL Consulting, Photography: Mattias Lindback

Shoes

Spring/Summer 2011

Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

Courtesy RKL consulting, Photo Carmody Creative Photography

Dress

Autumn/Winter 2006

Alexander McQueen

Courtesy RKL consulting, Photo Carmody Creative Photography

Dress

Spring/Summer 2011

Gucci

Courtesy RKL consulting

Cloudy Day Headdress

2013

Charlie Le Mindu

Photo Ciel Lui Bei

Dress

Spring/Summer 2015

Comme des Garçons

Photo Carmody Creative Photography

Snake Dress, Capriole Haute Couture

2011

Iris van Herpen

Courtesy M. Zoeter x Iris van Herpen

Petal and Panther Headdress

Spring/Summer 2011

Jordan Askill

Photo Jordan Askill

Cloud Ensemble, Defile Collection

Autumn/Winter 2009

Maison Martin Margiela, courtesy of Maison Margiela

Photo Giovanni Giannoni

Black Dress #4

Spring/Summer 2013

Pam Hogg

Courtesy of Pam Hogg