Home / Knowledge / News / Fashion / Museum at FIT to host 'RetroSpective' exhibition
Museum at FIT to host 'RetroSpective' exhibition
24
Apr '13
The Museum at FIT presents RetroSpective, a new exhibition that examines the relationship between fashion and its own history. Current fashions are changing more quickly than ever, and yet, in the constant quest for the next trend, the past is often used as a point of reference. Many designers draw on the past as a fundamental part of their design process.

They adapt, interpret, and attempt to modernize historical silhouettes and details that are as disparate as cage crinolines, flapper dresses, and grunge. While undeniably prevalent now, referencing the past is not only a contemporary phenomenon. RetroSpective will demonstrate that it is, in fact, a practice deeply rooted in fashion history.

RetroSpective will begin with examples of fashions inspired by historical periods prior to the eighteenth century, including a 1981 gold lamé ensemble by Zandra Rhodes and a 1999 painted silk chiffon gown by Alexander McQueen for Givenchy Couture. Both looks evoke sixteenth-century England. Also featured will be a small selection of fashions inspired by ancient civilizations, such as Ancient Egypt and Greece, as well as particular eras in history, such as the Middle Ages.

The remainder of the exhibition will feature period fashions – beginning with the eighteenth century –   grouped with their more recent revivals. A 2006 raffia suit by Walter Van Beirendonck, for instance, will be paired with the type of elaborate eighteenth-century menswear from which it draws inspiration.

Women’s wear examples will explore recurrences of the eighteenth-century pannier silhouette, which was revived as early as the 1920s in the form of dresses called robe de styles, an example of which will be on display.

A silhouette that has been repeatedly reinterpreted is the high-waisted, or Empire, dress which was popular during the first years of the nineteenth century. It returned a century later in fashionable 1910s adaptations. In 1962, designer Norman Norell again revived the Empire gown. His 1962 “Josephine” dress will be displayed, along with examples from the 1810s and 1910s.

One result of a craze for Victoriana in the 1930s was the reprisal of nineteenth-century cage crinolines and bustles. The April 26, 1930, issue of Vogue discussed the influence of, among other historical styles, the bustle and the “upholstered fashions of the [eighteen-] Eighties.”

In the exhibition, a 1930s Schiaparelli dress strongly represents this fashion. Also featured will be a more recent example from Anna Sui, who paired a bustle with a bustier and decorated denim jeans. Sui, who has a penchant for historic dress, once said, “I like using nostalgic elements and adding things to bring them into this decade. What I love is to capture an old feeling and still have it look good.”

n 1965, Norman Norell created a collection so reminiscent of the 1920s that The New York Times was forced to ask, “Is it Norell… or vintage Chanel?” An example will be featured, as will other later reinterpretations of 1920s drop-waist or fringed dresses. The exhibition will also feature examples from revivals of 1940s fashion, particularly from the 1970s, as well as designer adaptations of the styles popular in the 1950s and 1960s.


Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 22nd Jul 2017

Govt constitutes GST Feedback and Action Room

The Government of India has constituted a Feedback and Action Room...

Textiles | On 22nd Jul 2017

India’s cotton textile exports fell in FY17: Tamta

The overall export of cotton textiles from India declined in 2016-17...

Textiles | On 22nd Jul 2017

Warangal textile park gets environment clearance

The Kakatiya Mega Textile Park, coming up in Warangal district of...

Interviews View All

Headhonchos
Textiles & allied industry

Textiles industry is always in the forefront in accepting latest technology

Mohammad Mamun Ar Rashid
UL VS Bangladesh Ltd

Productivity, creativity and innovation play a vital role in the growth of ...

Ghanshyam Ghoghari
Kimora Fashion

Bridalwear is not about reds and whites anymore

Marten Alkhagen
Swerea IVF AB

Marten Alkhagen, Senior Scientist - Nonwoven and Technical Textiles of...

Paolo Ocleppo
Sandvik Hyperion

Paolo Ocleppo, Rotary Cutting Segment manager, Sandvik Hyperion discusses...

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Madhu Jain
Madhu Jain

She grew up in the walled city of Old Delhi, completed her studies, and...

Robert Brunner
Devereux

Golfwear and menswear brand Devereux is set for greener pastures. Robert...

Pranav Mishra
Huemn

Designers Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s Huemn is known for its...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

July 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search



X