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.
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
Closed Sunday, Monday, and legal holidays
Admission is free