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Wednesday, December 5, 2018
CHRISTIAN DIOR ME
Yves Saint Laurent.
Hubert de Givenchy.
Those are just some of the designers whose work I saw on display this past weekend at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's latest exhibition, "Fabulous Fashion: From Dior's New Look to Now."The exhibit, runs until March 3, 2019, looks at how feminine fashion has evolved since 1947.Showcasing a mix of haute couture and ready-to-wear pieces from throughout the decades, the exhibit highlights differences in the use of metallics, embellishments, shape, volume, color, pattern and accessories over time. I just love me some fashion , hence my job as a visual stylist. And a huge fan of Christian Dior. Is it any wonder I was obsessed with Eva Peron when I went to Buenos Aries? Girlfriend had taste.
While the exhibit starts its fashion journey in the late 1940s, it continues it well into the modern day with an autumn/winter 2018/2019 runway piece by Comme des Garcons in Tokyo. Other more modern looks include a 2011 skeleton-like ensemble by German designer Bernhard Willhelm (complete with shoes with skull clasps) and a 2006 glamorous evening dress by Oscar de la Renta. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of only a handful of major art museums in the country that still maintain a significant collection of costumes and textiles, they told us on the tour, like over 30,000 pieces! That's unfortunate because the work in these media represents a very significant history of the arts in the country and also represents a story of technical and artistic innovation and achievement.
Vienne Westwood platforms!!!
As always with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, there's more to the exhibit than just the exhibit itself. There will be various public programs held throughout the exhibition's run that relate to fashion, including a headwear workshop. I thought that the exhbit was thoughtfully presented. Every garment, after all, reflects design, tailoring, taste, and the period and culture in which it is worn. Whether you view the exhibit as artist, anthropologist, historian, fashionista, or someone who stands perplexed at the closet wondering what to wear, the exhibit offers a chance to become acquainted with a collection....and day dream which ensemble you will wear that night. Course I wanted to take them all home.