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.