New York | 22.05.2013 - 16.11.2013
"RetroSpective examines fashion’s fascination with its own history by presenting an overview of historical references in fashion, paying particular attention to recurrence of silhouette.
The exhibition opens with designs that are inspired by the distant past: civilizations, such as Ancient Egypt, Greece, or Byzantium, and historical periods, such as the Elizabethan era, prior to the 18th century. Featured objects include a classically-inspired Madame Grès pleated gown from 1944, the soft drape of which evokes the fluting of a Grecian column; an opulent Yves Saint Laurent evening dress from Fall 1966 with jeweled collar and cuffs reminiscent of Byzantine adornment; and 1999 painted silk chiffon gown by Alexander McQueen for Givenchy Couture, which references 16th-century English history.
The remainder of the exhibition explores groupings of period fashions and their more recent reincarnations, spanning 250 years of fashion, beginning with the 18th century."