Sunday, May 26, 2013

"RetroSpective" at the Museum at FIT

The Museum at FIT 
Open to the public - and FREE!
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New york City 10001-5992


Tues-Fri noon-8PM
Saturday 10AM-5PM
Closed Sunday, Monday and legal holidays
(212) 217-4558

On display from May 22- November 16, 2013, RetroStyle is a wonderful exhibit, curated and organized by Jennifer Farley. Every six months, a changing collection of garments, accessories, and textiles from the museum's permanent collection is put on display in the ground floor Fashion and Textile History Gallery.  There are often also additional exhibits downstairs...  just not right now.

This exhibit moved me to tears. Yes, to tears...

Am I the only one who wells up at the beautifully curated exhibits this museum has been able to display in recent months?

Okay, in theory, I'm sure we all get it; the cynic in everyone says "There is nothing new under the sun", or "What's old is new again", or that fashion repeatedly "borrows form the past".  Yeah.  Thank you, Captain Obvious.


No.  You have to see this exhibit.  See it with a quiet mind, in a peaceful, receptive state, well rested and fed.  Give yourself time to step back and ponder.  Photos won't capture it.  A summary won't do it justice. It was a little noisy and touristy on Friday, but glorious nonetheless.

In it, you get a little McQueen, a little Schiaparelli, a little Norell, a little (possibly) Miyake, and some gauntlet gloves that will make you swoon.

The clothing practically breathes on its own.
"Being retro is associated with something conservative, but I think all ideas come from the past."
-Vivienne Westwood

Amen to that, sister.

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