Spring is in the air and New Yorkers are trading in their winter garb for softer colors and prints, with a nod to seventies’ glam. The seventies was a decade filled with uncertainty and freedom, and this atmosphere drove fashion trends and helped spark an explosive cultural scene.
The Museum at FIT is currently showcasing two designers whose signature looks truly define this time. In its exhibit “Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s,” each designer’s distinct style is evident, yet the collection suggests connections between them and shared themes. Think Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking women’s tuxedo or Halston’s signature shirtwaist dress. These now classic designs were revolutionary for womenswear at the time. With these looks, Halston and Saint Laurent put a twist on what was originally accepted for menswear only. They blurred the lines between the genders and reinvented the way in which we dress.
To learn more about this glamorous decade, or just get some inspiration for your next look, check out these books available at the Adrian G. Marcuse Library.
By Elaine Gross
Call Number: DES HAL
By Farid Chenoune and Florence Müller
Call Number: 746.92 SAV and DES ST L
By Hasse Persson
Call Number: 778 PER
By Alicia Drake
Call Number: 746.9 DRA
By David Wills
Call Number: 779.2 WIL
By Jacqueline Herald
Call Number: 391.009 1970 FOAD
Source: The Museum at FIT. “Yves Saint Laurent +Halston: Fashioning the 70s.” Special Exhibitions Gallery, February 6 – April 18, 2015
Posted on March 23, 2015 I Blog post by Elizabeth Marotta, M.L.I.S. (Evening Librarian)