SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND //
Yves Saint Laurent + Halston Fashioning the 70's

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND //
Yves Saint Laurent + Halston Fashioning the 70's

The must-see retrospective of Fashion Month has opened at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Banu Ibrahim reports.

Many of fashion’s current fascinations –from menswear influence to the new suede dressing— find their roots in the 1970s. The reincarnation of the decade's most innovative trends is no doubt influenced by two of the world's leading figures: Yves Saint Laurent and Roy ‘Halston’ Frowick. Showcasing over 80 outfits arranged thematically, New York City's Fashion Institute of Technology will tap into some of the most comprehensive records of these leading designers’ work, donated by the likes of Lauren Bacall, Marina Schinao, and Tina Chow. The first ever exhibition of its kind, Fashioning the 70s will analyse how both designers dealt with similar themes during the height of their career, an era noted for its momentous change in not only the look of clothing, but how it was created and consumed. Fashion codes became more relaxed, giving innovators like YSL and Halston the chance to experiment with a new sartorial vision, exploring exoticism, historicism, and menswear.

The Museum at FIT, Special Exhibitions Gallery, February 6 – April 18, 2015