Wed, Aug 28, 2013 06:49 PM
For a fashion experience crafted to engage all your senses, take
in the current exhibit, Hippie Chic, at Boston's Museum of Fine
Art. Curator Lauren Whitley has brought together 54 couture designs
inspired by the Woodstock Generation.
For the first time in fashion history, designers took their cues
from the street, using the youth vibe of the 60s and 70s to inspire
haute couture. The resulting display is a collection of
hallucinogenic influences derived from psychedelic pop art,
patterns cut in vintage and Edwardian silhouettes, and a colorful
array of vibrant fabrics embroidered with ethnic and bohemian
Recently, Killington Art Guild members walked through the exhibit.
Music of the era transports you back to a world of fantasy and
tie-dye. The Beatles' Strawberry Fields, Hendrix's Purple Haze, and
The Grateful Dead's Sugar Magnolia set the stage radiating
nostalgia from an illuminated juke box circa 1960's diner. Along
the era inspired wallpapered and wood paneled walls, long haired
mannequins pose draped in patchwork and ribbon dresses by Yves St.
Laurent and Giorgio di Sant'Angelo. There are bold, bright textiles
by Peter Max, maxi dresses and a crushed purple velvet three-piece
suit sold at Granny Takes a Trip, the first psychedelic boutique in
London. Also included is a tie-dyed Halston pantsuit ensemble as
well as an Arnold Scassi sari created in 1970 for Barbra Streisand.
Two show highlights: a beautiful ethereal rouge caftan embroidered
with an intricate golden thread panel and a nomadic middle eastern
inspired peasant coat both designed by Thea Porter circa
Missing from the exhibition: the iconic mandarin collar Nehru
jacket inspired by India's culture and popularized by such bands as
The Monkees and The Beatles.
What is most intriguing about the clothes is how these designers
interpreted anti-establishment fashion trends into highbrow
fashion. Creations rich in texture and brilliant color palettes,
these ensembles speak elegance and sophistication far removed from
the flower child salt of the earth, grassroots references.
Hippie Chic runs through November at the MFA. A preview of the
exhibit can be viewed on line at
www.mfa.org/exhibitions/hippie-chic where you can also listen to
the curator explain her inspiration for the show, go behind the
scene of the exhibition with collection care specialist Allison
Murphy, create your own retro album cover, and listen to great
tunes of the times celebrating Peace, Love, Rock and Roll. Take a
trip down fashion's Penny Lane and enjoy!