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Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s

The exhibition celebrates the two designers who defined the sexy and glamorous fashions of the 1970s. This is the first exhibition to juxtapose their work and analyze the way they dealt with similar themes and aesthetics during the height of their careers. Both designers are equally represented by the approximately 80 ensembles and 20 accessories that are arranged thematically in an environment designed to evoke the style of this singular, dynamic era in history.
 
Drawn exclusively from the holdings of The Museum at FIT, the exhibition offers a unique perspective on two of the best-known fashion designers in modern history. The museum’s collections hold the Halston archives—the most comprehensive records of his work in the world—as well as a vast array of significant Yves Saint Laurent pieces donated by important clients, fashion editors, friends, and colleagues of Saint Laurent. These include Lauren Bacall, Marina Schiano, Aimée de Heeren, Mary Russell, and Tina Chow. It is worth noting that the first major retrospective exhibition on Halston was organized at the museum in 1991 by the late curator Richard Martin.
(left) Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, pajama set, printed silk crepe, c. 1970, France, Museum Purchase; (right) Halston, pajama set, printedcrepe de Chine, c.1976, USA, Gift of Ms. Gayle Osman.
 
(left) Halston, dress, printed knit cotton, c.1976, USA, Gift of Ms. Gayle Osman; (right) Yves Saint Laurent, dress, printed silk chiffon, 1971, France, Gift of Lauren Bacall.

 

Special Exhibitions Gallery
February 6 – April 18, 2015

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