Saturday, February 7, 2015

Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s

The invitation.

Now on view at The Museum at FIT is the interesting and fun exhibit Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s. To celebrate its opening the museum threw a party and I was honored to be invited!

The museum lobby was turned into a mini nightclub for the event, with delicious St-Germain cocktails being served under pink lighting and mirrored balls, and of course, the music from the days of disco playing in the background.

In addition to spying Bill Cunningham, street style photographer for The New York Times, saying hello to the lovely Valerie and Jean of the blog Idiosyncratic Fashionistas, and mixing with the Fabulous People in general, I got to take in a show that reminds me just how influential Yves Saint Laurent and Halston were.

A disco ball and St-Germain cocktails made it a fun party!

Placing the designers’ work side by side, which the museum says has never been done before, allows the viewer to note that while Saint Laurent and Halston are traditionally thought of as having completely different design aesthetics, they clearly had similar ideas in the 1970s with respect to a slender and elegant silhouette through the creation of diaphanous and closely-fit gowns, as well as designing menswear for women and using history as a point of departure for new and modern clothes.

YSL menswear for women. Groundbreaking at the time! L to R, 1967, 1982, 1968.

A striped Halston gown, 1975, next to a beaded and sequined-trimmed YSL, 1965.

Halston. Left from 1981, the red silk organza gown “American Beauty Rose,” right, 1980.

Love this silver mesh bra by Elsa Peretti for Halston, 1975.

Another angle. I love it with the silk blouse and wool jersey pants.

For lounging around glamorously! Halston, left, 1976, YSL, right, 1970.

Halston ensemble on the left, 1981, YSL black and silver lamé dress, 1973, right.

Halston, left, 1982, Saint Laurent, right, 1978.

Halston, left, 1976, YSL, right, 1974.

YSL dresses from 1977, left, and 1976, right.

Love both of these YSL fur-trimmed sweaters from 1972-73.

YSL gowns. The center is a signature YSL look from 1976. Note the silhouette change!

Sequined and silky ensembles to love. All by Halston, circa 1972-1980.

Halston. On the left, fur coat, 1981, dress, 1975; blue silk jersey dress, right, 1972.

Oh do I love this white sequined evening dress from 1974. Gorgeous!

Anybody who’s been reading my blog for awhile knows I never met a sequin I didn’t like so I particularly loved the sequined Halston dresses, which I think are still wearable today! The Museum at FIT owns the largest collection of Halston’s work in the world and they brought out the most gorgeous pieces for the exhibit. My favorite was the white sequined evening dress from 1974.

Another angle.

Don’t be surprised if you see a return of minimalism and menswear, silk jersey and sequins and beautiful floral prints on the runways in a year or two. I can see designers taking time out from their own busy schedules after the upcoming New York Fashion Week to see this show and being so inspired by the genius of Saint Laurent and Halston that they want to touch upon that legacy of beauty and glamour in their own work.

Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s is on view through April 18, 2015. #YSLHalston

The Museum at FIT
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New York NY 10001-5992

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, noon-8pm
Saturday, 10AM-5PM
Closed Sunday, Monday, and legal holidays
Admission is free


une femme said...

What a fabulous exhibit! Thanks so much for sharing it. I agree, it's very interesting to see the two designers' creations side-by-side. I think Slimane for Saint Laurent has definitely been channeling some of those 1970's looks. And that poofy gown was sort of a harbinger of 1980's fashion, wasn't it? :-)

Dawn Lucy said...

AMAZING! I love the 70's, especially Halston!
Thanks for sharing. Wish I was there! You could totally link up this fun post with FUN FASHION FRIDAY ... live until midnight tonight.
Dawn Lucy

GSL said...

Very interesting designers and saw their docos on Netflix which I recommend. Love that white sequin too Jill.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Sumptuous displays...looks like a fabulous exhibit. Some great options for a gala event....

Chic atanyage said...

I remember well many of those shapes. The 70s was I guess my era of fashion. I was working for Browns and Jaeger at the time.

rosie said...

Just watched the documentary "Halston", which I loved. Had forgotten how glamorous the clothes from the '70's were. The documentary and your terrific post reminded
me how fabulous both Halson & YSL were.

You must have had such a great time at that exhibit.

PinkCheetahVintage said...

I wish I could go to this----such glam and absolute coolness! I should dig up the picture I have of me modelling a vintage Halston I sold ages ago...

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I love these posts, Jill! That American Beauty Rose Halston gown...oh my! Wouldn't you love to wear something like it...just once!


Hi Jill! The seventies is one of my favourite fashion eras for some elements. This must be an absolute treat to see up close! :) /Madison

Jill said...

Hi Deja, yeah, I think you are right, that 80s YSL dress helped set the tone for the latter half of the decade, right? I am loving Slimane's 70s vibe in the new Saint Laurent, but I wish he would lighten up with the press, he seems so negative in print. XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Dawn Lucy, I think you would really like this exhibit! And I am hoping to join you this week for your Friday link-up! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi GSL, I need to see that Halston documentary, I will check if Netflix has it. Also, I AM surprised you approve of the white sequin dress, I was worried it would be too Liberace/Rachel Zoe for you! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hiya Hostess, I would love to try-on about 90% of that exhibit and wear one of those Halston dresses to a party! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Josephine, the 70s were a big influence on me. I may have been a kid but I was definitely seeing these looks in my mother's magazines and every time I see an exhibit like this I realize what a big impact the 70s and early 80s made on me. I think I am going to talk about this subject in a new post! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Oh Becky, girl, as much as you rock that 70s vibe you would LOVE this show! I would love to see you in vintage Halston! Do a post! Do a post! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Rosie! I hope Netflix has the Halston documentary you and GSL mentioned. I need to see it! I had such a great time at this party, FIT does not hold these very often and it was such a fun event to attend! I think you would really like this exhibit if you get a chance to see it. And thank you for the compliment on the post. I have not done a museum post in awhile. It's time to get back to my roots! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Pam, oh yes, would I love to wear a Halston dress just once. I weep at the idea of it! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Madison, hello, how have you been my dear? This show has all the elements of the 70s that were just so good, I know you would love it! XO, Jill

Sue-Ann said...

Nice to transform the lobby like that.