Celebrity designer showcases custom work in upcoming Taubman Museum of Art exhibit

New exhibit puts couture jewelry inspired by art work and clothing like jacket worn by Beyoncé on display

Designer Mindy Lam created the pieces just for the Taubman

ROANOKE, Va. – Fashion and art come together in a new exhibition at the Taubman Museum of Art.

While it doesn’t open until Friday, 10 News has a sneak peek for you.

Mindy Lam, a celebrity couture designer whose work can be seen in Elle, People and Glamour Magazine created pieces just for the Taubman Museum of Art.

Last year, she visited the museum for inspiration, and starting Friday, you can see how her elaborate jewelry is paired with artwork in the new exhibit, Opulence and Fantasy: Couture Gowns and Jewelry of Mindy Lam.

Other pieces are inspired by couture clothing like a jacket worn by Beyoncé during her rehearsal for the 2013 Super Bowl Halftime Show.

When Lam’s work arrived at the museum, everyone, including executive director Cindy Petersen, was impressed.

“When you open up the cases and see the works that she has created it just pops and you’re just bubbling with excitement when you see it placed next to the original works of arts. I can’t wait until the visitors come in,” said Petersen.

The exhibition is free to see, but it’s only in town up until June 14th.

Lam is also one of the keynote speakers at the museum’s 16th annual women’s luncheon fundraiser on Monday, May 10.

The other keynote speaker, Micaela Erlanger, has styled celebrities like Meryl Streep, Common and Lupita Nyong’o.

The noon luncheon is virtual but you have to purchase a ticket to get the link. If you can’t be on at noon, you can buy a ticket and you’ll still have all week to watch.

You can hear about their careers, their inspiration and get the story behind the pieces in the Opulence and Fantasy exhibition.

“It really is about the community. This fundraiser, it’s our largest and most important and benefits our arts education and celebrates women in the arts,” said Petersen.

You’ll also be able to buy Erlanger’s book and earrings Lam made inspired by the museum’s building.

About the Author:

Megan Woods is thrilled to be back home and reporting at Local 4. She joined the team in September 2021. Before returning to Michigan, Megan reported at stations across the country including Northern Michigan, Southwest Louisiana and a sister station in Southwest Virginia.