Friday, October 22, 2010

LACMA Exhibit: Fashioning Fashion

Not missing this one!  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA - presents:

Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700 - 1915.

View European fashions as far back as The Enlightment era and up to WW1 @ LACMA, now until March 6, 2011!

Today's rock goddesses are known to strut around the concert stage in these. But in England in about 1900, this was an undergarment: a corset.
Corset Undergarment, ca 1900s

It took an architecture of undergarments to create the silhouette of this dress from England in 1765.
from England, ca 1765

French designer Paul Poiret came up with this turban in 1911 for an Arabian nights themed ball.
ca 1911; turban by French designer Paul Poiret

Leather and metal are components of a corset from England, about 1900.
Leather and Metal Corset, London, ca 1900

European men were peacocks in the 18th and 19th centuries, but in the early 20th century, the look changed to sober businessman's gray, such as this example from London in 1911, and has remained largely unchanged ever since.
Men's Suit from London, 1911

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, home to a notable collection of historical fashions, is giving the clothing a chance to do what it was made to do: circulate in public. A sampling from that collection will be on view when the museum's Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion opens Oct. 2. Among the  dazzlers of "Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail 1700-1915" is this dress from about 1845. It belonged to Queen Maria II of Portugal.
dress once belonged to Queen Maria II of Portugal, ca 1845

Tickets are $15/each ($10 w/ student ID or Seniors), and Kids 17 and under are FREE! Purchase your tickets here, which grants you access to ALL the other exhibits!

Not in the area?  That's ok - buy the Catalog here!

all pics borrowed from LA Times.

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