Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968

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Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, New York
February 10 – April 15, 2017

 

Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968 highlights one of the most groundbreaking time periods in fashion history. While many books and exhibitions about this era position London as the center of innovative, youth-oriented design, this limited perspective overlooks the significant role that Paris continued to play in the fashion industry.

 

Aqua doubleface wool jersey dress with novelty cut out on chest.

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Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968 examines the combined influence of French haute couture, ready-to-wear, and popular culture during this era, with particular emphasis on how fashion was perceived and promoted by the American fashion press. All objects on view were selected from The Museum at FIT’s permanent collection of more than 50,000 objects.

 

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The exhibition’s introductory gallery will include a selection of more than 30 haute couture garments and accessories dating from 1957 to 1960. The clothing will be arranged in a setting designed to resemble a 1950s couture salon. Saint Laurent’s innovative creations will be shown alongside work from other young designers who were poised to become household names.

 

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While the introduction of 1950s haute couture is essential to the history of French fashion, the majority of the exhibition is devoted to the dynamic designs of the 1960s. A larger gallery space, designed to evoke a 1960s boutique, will include approximately 80 examples of clothing and accessories from 1961 to 1968.  Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968 is accompanied by a book of the same title, to be published by Yale University Press in spring 2017. 

 

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