This Exhibition Explores The Style Behind These Social Movements

by: Well Made Clothes Staff | 2 weeks ago | News

Image: image from the Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip exhibition. Image source.

Our clothes say a lot about us. Not just the kinds of colours we like and silhouettes that make us feel comfortable either, but also the social and environmental values that we hold as well. This is the notion behind the latest exhibition at the Museum of the City in New York. Opening last week, Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip is an exploration of social movements from the 1960s. In particular, the exhibit explores the decade’s overhaul of American culture and the radical fashion shifts that coincided with civil-rights protests, anti Vietnam War sentiments and, of course, the women’s rights movement.

You are probably already familiar with many of the style codes that will be on show throughout – the mod explosion of bright colours and streamlined shapes, for instance. But the exhibition goes a little deeper to explore the meaning behind each of these culturally significant pieces as well. This was the era, after all, in which First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy began to forgo frilly dresses in favour of a sleeveless sheath and oversized sunglasses. And it’s the movement that Vogue editor Diana Vreeland has described as “Youthquake”. During this time, as The Cut puts it, “miniskirts and colour-block dresses blurred gender lines and exuded sexuality, mirroring the rise of Op and Pop Art and Beatlemania.”

The 60s weren’t just about mod, though – the era also gave way to bohemian style codes later on, like fringed clothing and gypsy dresses. Suffice to say that it was a highly charged time, both socially and politically speaking and the wide range of clothing seen in this exhibition mirrors that very spirit. Featuring in Fashion Takes a Trip are 70 looks from progressive designers such as Mary Quant (aka queen of the miniskirt), Geoffrey Beene and Pauline Trigère. Alongside clothing and accessories, though, the exhibition also showcases Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball photographs by Kwame Brathwaite, which popularised the slogan “Black is Beautiful”. So with this many great fashion exhibitions going on in New York right now, we can’t help but feel a trip coming on.

Via The Cut

 

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