RetroSpective
at FIT

ISABEL TOLEDO looks

 

RetroSpective - Fashion & Textile History Gallery
22nd May – 16th November 2013 
The Museum at FIT, NYC
 

 

RetroSpective explores fashion’s relationship with its

own history. The speed of the fashion cycle is faster than

ever, and yet, in the constant drive for newness, the past

is often used as a point of reference.

 

Many  contemporary  designers embrace looking back at fashion

history as a fundamental part of the design process. In doing so, they

create inventive and modern re-interpretations of everything from

crinolines to “flapper” dresses.  As cutting-edge designer Yohji Yamamoto

once said, “Going to the future means you have to use your past.”

 

Featuring more than 100 garments, accessories, and textiles from the

Museum’s permanent collection, RetroSpective begins with a selection

of fashions that references historical periods prior to the 18th century,

including a 1981 gold lamé ensemble by Zandra Rhodes and a 1999

painted silk chiffon gown by Alexander McQueen for Givenchy Couture,

both of which draw inspiration from sixteenth-century England. The

remainder of the exhibition showcases groupings of period fashions, 

from 18th century to grunge and their more recent revivals.

 

Curated by Jennifer Farley, the exhibition also includes work by

innovative designers such as Norman Norell, Yves Saint Laurent,

Anna Sui, Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga, Walter Van

Beirendonck, and artist Cat Chow.

 
 
 
 

 

NORMAN NORELL, 1962

 

 

 

YOSHIKI HISHINUMA, 1996

 

 

 

 

source: fitnyc.edu