FIT Museum to exhibit 1970s fashions by Halston & YSL

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Roy Halston Frowick (Halston) and Yves Saint Laurent (YSL), the two prominent fashion figures of the 1970s, will become the subject of an upcoming exhibit at The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York.

Slated to take place from February 6 to April 18, 2015, the exhibit will be a curatorial exploration to re-evaluate the works of the design maestros who helped in shaping the dreamy, indolent and sexy fashion of that period.

Dubbed as ‘Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s’, the event will be the first-ever exhibition to juxtapose and analyze their contributions to fashion at the height of their careers, as well as how they came to exemplify the singular, dynamic era in fashion history.

Sourced from the museum’s permanent collection, the display includes around 80 ensembles and 20 accessories arranged in thematic sections to highlight the gradual evolution right from the initial stage of menswear-inspired aesthetics to the shift towards minimalism and dramatics.

The first section showcases how the two talents drew inspiration from menswear for creating clothing for women. The exhibits include the khaki coloured YSL Rive Gauche safari jacket (1968) and the Ultrasuede tan shirtwaist dress (1972) by the American fashion creator Halston.

The second segment deals with the late 1970s exoticism in their creations such as the Russian- and Chinese-inspired collections from the Algerian-born French fashion designer YSL and the incorporation of non-Western elements into Halston’s designs. The exhibits include an array of long, flowing caftans and colourful pajama sets.

The final section explores how the designers took inspiration from the past periods of fashion history for their designs. It highlights Saint Laurent’s Belle Époque and the 1940’s Parisian political climate inspired designs and Halston’s sinuous bias-cut gowns inspired from the couture deigns of the interwar female couriers like Madeleine Vionnet.

FIT Museum to exhibit 1970s fashions by Halston & YSL

FIT HALSTON

 

Roy Halston Frowick (Halston) and Yves Saint Laurent (YSL), the two prominent fashion figures of the 1970s, will become the subject of an upcoming exhibit at The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York.

Slated to take place from February 6 to April 18, 2015, the exhibit will be a curatorial exploration to re-evaluate the works of the design maestros who helped in shaping the dreamy, indolent and sexy fashion of that period.

Dubbed as ‘Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s’, the event will be the first-ever exhibition to juxtapose and analyze their contributions to fashion at the height of their careers, as well as how they came to exemplify the singular, dynamic era in fashion history.

Sourced from the museum’s permanent collection, the display includes around 80 ensembles and 20 accessories arranged in thematic sections to highlight the gradual evolution right from the initial stage of menswear-inspired aesthetics to the shift towards minimalism and dramatics.

The first section showcases how the two talents drew inspiration from menswear for creating clothing for women. The exhibits include the khaki coloured YSL Rive Gauche safari jacket (1968) and the Ultrasuede tan shirtwaist dress (1972) by the American fashion creator Halston.

The second segment deals with the late 1970s exoticism in their creations such as the Russian- and Chinese-inspired collections from the Algerian-born French fashion designer YSL and the incorporation of non-Western elements into Halston’s designs. The exhibits include an array of long, flowing caftans and colourful pajama sets.

The final section explores how the designers took inspiration from the past periods of fashion history for their designs. It highlights Saint Laurent’s Belle Époque and the 1940’s Parisian political climate inspired designs and Halston’s sinuous bias-cut gowns inspired from the couture deigns of the interwar female couriers like Madeleine Vionnet.

McQueen’s McQ partners Ophelia Finke for S/S15 campaign

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British fashion brand Alexander McQueen’s lower-priced diffusion line McQ has joined forces with German-born artist Ophelia Finke to create an installation which will serve as a narrative background for the latter’s Spring/Summer 2015 campaign.

The artwork titled Carrara conjures up the site of a quarry featuring seemingly unconnected objects unified with a sandy, neutral colour palette. The installation features the artist’s assistants in roles of workers and machines all woven into a single piece that resembles an unfinished archaeological site.

Expressing her delight over working with the label, the artist said, “Alexander McQueen was the reason I applied to study at Saint Martins, and I am a long-term fan of the house, so I was delighted to work on this commission.”

“The McQ team approach their work in a similar way to me, focusing on interesting printing methods and fabrics, bringing materials and concepts together in unexpected ways. I feel that collections from both McQ and McQueen create new ‘worlds’ that their wearers inhabit, exactly as I do,” she adds.

The label had first signed on the artist as part of its Instagram Takeovers in early 2014, soon after her graduation from Central Saint Martins, London.

Known for her three-dimensional installations, Ophelia’s work revolves around research and discovery, often referencing people working in specific “heroic” professions such as archaeologists, doctors, surgeons, explorers and racing drivers. Her installations point to the worlds inhabited by these characters, whilst simultaneously turning them on their head and creating something totally new and unexpected.

McQ was founded by the London-based label’s late eponymous founder Lee Alexander McQueen in 2005. The brand owns around 18 stand alone stores globally including London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tainjin, Shenzen, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Dubai.

Started in 1992, the British luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen specialises in men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and couture creations.

Currently based in London, Ophelia’s works include Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA (London, UK, 2013) and Spike Island (Bristol, UK, 2013), Free Time (duo-show with Charlie Billingham) (Zuoz, Switzerland, 2014) as part of the St. Moritz Art Masters, Space Time, Hus Gallery, (London, UK, 2014), Paris-Dakar, Central Saint Martins degree show (London, UK, 2014) and Vernissage, The Royal Standard (Liverpool, UK, 2014).

V&A Museum to celebrate Alice’s Wonderland

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 To mark the 150th anniversary of the first publication of one of the most-loved children’s books of all times, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, London’s V&A Museum is prepping up to host a retrospective exhibit showcasing the protagonist as both a follower of fashion and a trendsetter.

Dubbed as The Alice Look, the event will aim to show how author Lewis Carroll’s heroine has always embraced contemporary styles and how her sartorial tastes have influenced the way people dress and inspired designers and stylists the world over.

Due to take place from May 2 to November 1, 2015 at the museum’s Childhood section, the display will include an array of garments, photographs, rare editions and illustrations from the book along with a collection of book cover designs by Vivienne Westwood.

Divided into four parts, the exhibit’s first segment will showcase early editions of the Alice books with children’s garments from the Victorian period. Illustrations by Sir John Tenniel’s will be brought to life alongside the distinctive trademark elements of the original Alice look which includes striped stockings, apron, full-skirted dress and T-bar shoes from V&A’s collections.

The Follower of Fashion section will show how illustrators have kept Alice relevant and up-to-date for contemporary audiences through a selection of 20th-century editions of Wonderland. Inspiration will use magazines, photographs, posters and fabrics, as well as a compilation of films and still shots, to show how a vast array of people dress like Alice or wear clothes adorned with her image.

The display will also exhibit a selection of fabrics and supporting artwork from the Liberty Spring/Summer 2015 Alice-themed fabric collection.

The Global Alice segment will combine costume and text to show how Alice’s appearance alters according to her location, such as Provençal Alice is featured in tropézienne sandals and a sundress, Swahili Alice in a local kanga and 1980s Japanese Alice sports a Lolita-style outfit.

Additionally, a series of photographs that Annie Liebovitz shot for US Vogue featuring Natalia Vodianova as Alice and a film showing clips of pop videos and catwalk shows inspired by the book’s protagonist, showing Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne and Aerosmith, will also form a part of the retrospective.

In addition to the vast display of Alice-inspired exhibits, a one-day conference (scheduled to take place on May 9, 2015) discussing Alice’s diverse practices of dressing in different parts of the world and her influence on the international fashion scene, will also be hosted on the sidelines of the exhibition.

Originally published in 1985, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a story of a girl falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar creatures.

V&A Museum to celebrate Alice’s Wonderland

alice in wonderland

c: Molly Molloy/V&A Museum

 To mark the 150th anniversary of the first publication of one of the most-loved children’s books of all times, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, London’s V&A Museum is prepping up to host a retrospective exhibit showcasing the protagonist as both a follower of fashion and a trendsetter.

Dubbed as The Alice Look, the event will aim to show how author Lewis Carroll’s heroine has always embraced contemporary styles and how her sartorial tastes have influenced the way people dress and inspired designers and stylists the world over.

Due to take place from May 2 to November 1, 2015 at the museum’s Childhood section, the display will include an array of garments, photographs, rare editions and illustrations from the book along with a collection of book cover designs by Vivienne Westwood.

Divided into four parts, the exhibit’s first segment will showcase early editions of the Alice books with children’s garments from the Victorian period. Illustrations by Sir John Tenniel’s will be brought to life alongside the distinctive trademark elements of the original Alice look which includes striped stockings, apron, full-skirted dress and T-bar shoes from V&A’s collections.

The Follower of Fashion section will show how illustrators have kept Alice relevant and up-to-date for contemporary audiences through a selection of 20th-century editions of Wonderland. Inspiration will use magazines, photographs, posters and fabrics, as well as a compilation of films and still shots, to show how a vast array of people dress like Alice or wear clothes adorned with her image.

The display will also exhibit a selection of fabrics and supporting artwork from the Liberty Spring/Summer 2015 Alice-themed fabric collection.

The Global Alice segment will combine costume and text to show how Alice’s appearance alters according to her location, such as Provençal Alice is featured in tropézienne sandals and a sundress, Swahili Alice in a local kanga and 1980s Japanese Alice sports a Lolita-style outfit.

Additionally, a series of photographs that Annie Liebovitz shot for US Vogue featuring Natalia Vodianova as Alice and a film showing clips of pop videos and catwalk shows inspired by the book’s protagonist, showing Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne and Aerosmith, will also form a part of the retrospective.

In addition to the vast display of Alice-inspired exhibits, a one-day conference (scheduled to take place on May 9, 2015) discussing Alice’s diverse practices of dressing in different parts of the world and her influence on the international fashion scene, will also be hosted on the sidelines of the exhibition.

Originally published in 1985, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a story of a girl falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar creatures.

Bowes Museum set to host UK’s 1st major exhibit on YSL

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Bowes Museum is set to host the most comprehensive first-ever exhibit on the works and life of Algerian-born French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in UK.

Due to take place from July 11 to October 25, 2015, the display titled Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal will highlight the defining elements of the master craftsman’s vision and the significant influence it has had on fashion and the way womenswear is perceived globally.

The display will articulate the late design maestro’s famous statement ‘Fashion fades, style is eternal’ through various themes, ranging from art, lace and transparency, to his signature masculine–feminine style trends.

Organized in collaboration with the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, the exhibition will feature nearly 50 pieces, including some iconic ensembles from the Russian Collection, the sharply cut and patterned Mondrian dresses and the female tuxedos.

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Bowes Museum set to host UK’s 1st major exhibit on YSL

ysl

Bowes Museum is set to host the most comprehensive first-ever exhibit on the works and life of Algerian-born French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in UK.

Due to take place from July 11 to October 25, 2015, the display titled Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal will highlight the defining elements of the master craftsman’s vision and the significant influence it has had on fashion and the way womenswear is perceived globally.

The display will articulate the late design maestro’s famous statement ‘Fashion fades, style is eternal’ through various themes, ranging from art, lace and transparency, to his signature masculine–feminine style trends.

Organized in collaboration with the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, the exhibition will feature nearly 50 pieces, including some iconic ensembles from the Russian Collection, the sharply cut and patterned Mondrian dresses and the female tuxedos.

After heading up the Christian Dior fashion house from 1957 to 1960 as Artistic Director, Yves Saint Laurent created his own fashion house with partner Pierre Bergé, with its first catwalk show in 1962.

In the first twelve years, the designer defined a new style and composed the quintessential elements of the modern woman’s wardrobe. By making use of male dress codes (Le Smoking tuxedo), the designer brought women a sense of social empowerment whilst retaining their femininity, a sentiment emphasised by Pierre Bergé, “If Chanel gave women their freedom, it was Saint Laurent who empowered them.”

Passionate about arts, and a collector himself, Laurent paid homage to various artists in his haute couture collections, with the famous Mondrian dresses, as well as his homage to Diaghilev and Picasso in 1979 and tributes to Matisse, Cocteau, Braque and Van Gogh in the 1980s.

25th India Fashion Week to kick off on March 25

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The 25th season of bi-annual style showcase India Fashion Week (IFW) will take place from March 25 to 29, 2015, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

The event serves as a consummate platform for upcoming and accomplished Indian designers to feature their diverse creations before a judicious audience.

Running for almost 15 years now, the soiree’s upcoming instalment will highlight creations for the Autumn-Winter 2015 season.

While announcing the dates, president of the apex body of fashion design in the country, Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), Sunil Sethi, said, “We are delighted to announce the dates for the IFW Autumn-Winter 2015. It is a time for commemoration for us as we have achieved, an emboldening milestone, having completed a decade-and-a-half in the business of taking fashion to imposing heights.”

“The previous season was a reverberating success, we are certain that the adept style gurus, who will be showcasing next on this coveted forum will keep pace with the brilliant work and raise the proverbial style bar higher,” he adds.

The five-day-long October, 2014’s calendar of IFW highlighted Spring/Summer 2015 creations from a mix of young and seasoned designers including Aneeth Arora, Alpana Neeraj, Tarun Tahiliani, Malini Ramani, Pankaj and Nidhi, Masaba Gupta and Rajesh Pratap Singh.

Represented by over 350 members, the non-profit organization FDCI was founded with the objective of promoting, nurturing and representing the best of fashion design talent in the country alongside propagating the business of fashion.

Rwandan fashion industry to receive a major boost in 2015

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The organizers of Kigali Fashion Week (KFW) and Rwanda Cultural Fashion Show (RCFS) have sealed a partnership deal to promote the Rwandan fashion industry, reported New Times.

According to the newly signed agreement, the two firms will co-host several fashion-focused events like Common Wealth fashion calendar (set to take place from July 15th to 18th, 2015), and the November, 2015 instalments of KFW and RCFS.

Apart from jointly organising the year-long events, which will see creations from boutiques and brands across South Africa, Ethiopia and Rwanda, the companies also plan to launch the Rwanda Fashion Council sometime in July 2015.

Debuted in the end of 2012, Rwanda’s first-ever sartorial fest ‘Kigali Fashion Week’ marked the entry of coming of age Rwandan style and fashion into the world’s official fashion map.

Nearly twelve designers from across the African continent, including Silas Anditi, Suhaa Schmitz, Gloria Wavamunno, Ruqaiyah Johnson and Lucy Rao, featured their colourful and vibrant creations at the inaugural fashion show.

Organized by the local company House of Fashion, the introductory event was co-sponsored by The New Times, Workforce Development Authority, Bamboo Restaurant and the Ministry of Sports and Culture.

The annual Rwanda Cultural Fashion Show is a platform for local and international designers as well as various traditional African cultures to showcase their designs.

Paris men’s fashion week opens with Fall/Winter 2015 lines

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The menswear leg of Paris Fashion Week opened with Fall/Winter 2015 collections from several well-known international designers.

Christophe Lemaire, the Parisian fashion talent and former creative head of Hermes and Lacoste, featured an office wear and luxurious outerwear heavy range from his renamed label Lemaire. Replete with draping details, the line included gray double-breasted woollen coats, parkas with gigantic pockets, tailored jackets, cropped pants, black capes, cardigans and vests.

French Fashion designer Julien David brought the 1950s men back on stage with a more sporty spirit combined with some Japanese aesthetics. The range included charcoal gray and black colored wide loose-fit suit jackets, baggy shorts and white shirts.

Belgian designer and current creative helm of Christian Dior, Raf Simons, displayed the latest men’s fashion instalment from his namesake label. Incorporated with a rebellious spirit, the collection showed flared oversized silhouettes. The featured pieces were slouchy knit pants, white lab coats scribbled with angry slogans, distorted sweater vests, torn hemmed outerwear, long narrow-fit trench coats, and checked wool and tweed jackets.

Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri, the joint creative duo of the Italian fashion house Valentino, drew inspiration from the art movements of 21st century for their F/W men’s designs. Enhanced with graphic, abstract and camouflage prints, the 1960s-inspired collection presented felted wool panel coats, geometric patchwork parkas, pleated chambray trousers, crew neck knits, silk tuxedos and bombers with leather patched pockets.

The Colombian designer Haider Ackermann’s new ready-to-wear collection was made using velvet, corduroy, leather and mohair. The standouts included tasseled scarves, long coats, fitted vests, low-waist pants, relaxed shirts, slouchy cashmere sweaters and animal print coats.