Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Go: American High Style Exhibit


Over the weekend I checked out The American High Style Exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition had over 85 looks on display that were previously long held in storage in addition to sketches and other accessories including hats, shoes and jewelry.

Works by the first generation of American women designers such as Bonnie Cashin, Elizabeth Hawes, and Claire McCardell are featured, as well as material created by Charles James, Norman Norell, Gilbert Adrian, and other important American designers. Also included are works by French designers who had an important influence on American women and fashion, such as Charles Frederick Worth, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jeanne Lanvin, Jeanne Paquin, Madeleine Vionnet, and Christian Dior.

Here are some photos of my fave looks that I snapped from my phone (I forgot my camera) so please excuse a few that are blurry as flash was not allowed.

It was really an inspiring experience to look at historical fashion up close and personal and it was also really educational for me. In fashion, truly this is proof that what goes around comes around.

If you thought Patricia Field's outfits in Sex and the City 2 were wild check out the pant suit number to the left complete with turban I think it would have looked right at home in the movie.
I wouldn't say no to wearing any of these shoes now! If you thought platform shoes like the infamous McQueen Armadillo's were crazy check this shoe out!

It's not just Vivianne Tam that has a Butterfly fascination.

I learned that I love love love Charles James and his amazing craftsmanship. Pure elegance and glamor existed in the 40s. How I wish there were occasions to wear such creations nowadays.
The Clover Dress is so lovely, I never thought I was one for a princess look but if I were to get married tomorrow, I would want it!

Apparently Cage Boots are not so new! Check out these evening boots by Salvatore Ferragamo.

Queen Victoria was a truly short stocky woman! Also, people have been dressing up their dogs for a truly long time.

Graphic looks and polka dots live on.

Men's wear hasn't changed that much so fortunately there were only a few looks but this one amused me because the name was embroidered John Doe! This is the original hat from Gone with the Wind made from drapes.

The exhibition is running from now until August 1, 2010. I would highly recommend checking out before it's over. It filled my head with dreams and my heart with joy so I hope it does the same for you.

4 comments:

tiptup said...

Check out the American woman exhibit at the Met. Lovely lovely lovely! I think most of the outfits were acquired from the Brooklyn museum.

shana said...

wow. Simply amazing!

Sugar Rock Catwalk said...

thanks tiptup! i must go to the Met too! yes i believe they all came from the BK Museum!

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