The annual Costume Institute’s Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is notorious for implying a strict, themed dress code for all of its exclusive attendees. This year was a little different, however, for the men attending the gala were not asked to adorn themselves in their typical Black Tie attire–they were, instead, asked to channel some first-half-of-the-century nostalgia with classic White Tie, Charles James-esque ensembles. Though sometimes prevalent for certain events in the UK, it is not very common for men to dress in White Tie attire in the US, making it difficult, yet fun for the male attendees to be able to dress outside the norm for once. White Tie is a timeless and tasteful form of dress, and those men attending the party were given the opportunity to mix up their usual evening wear, instead wearing tailcoats and adorning canes and top hats. This important, stylish event could foreshadow new trends in menswear, and even womenswear fashions for upcoming seasons.
The Met Gala, fashion’s best-dressed night of the year, took place last night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, to kick off its newest exhibit “Charles James: Beyond Fashion”. The exhibit is opening mainly inside the new Anna Wintour Costume Center, and displays a number of pieces made by the famous fashion-meets-sculpture designer. During his lifetime, James was a celebrated designer, using innovative cuts and construction techniques to highlight various details in his extraordinary works. He believed that his designs should be used in order to teach design techniques, and the exhibit appears to do a great job of emphasizing his unique yet innovative practices. In parts of the exhibit, there are even “animations of how the fabrics were manipulated to come together in one piece . . .” which ” . . . add[s] to the experience” of the designs and the exhibit as a whole. James himself would be proud of this display, for it tells his whole life story, while highlighting his attention to every little detail in design. The exhibit is open to the public beginning on Thursday, May 8th, and will run through August 10th, and is sure to inspire various forgotten designs and details for upcoming seasons in fashion.
This article really caught my interest, the new Moschinos spring line is inspired from the fast food chain Macdonalds. Previously, Moschinos has done Hershey and Budweiser inspired lines. Dresses from the macdonald inspired line costs around 1k each and surprisingly their sweaters had already sold out. A lot of clothing are taking inspiration from pop culture, I’ve seen coca cola t-shirts in store before, but this is the first time I’ve seen a high end designer brand making fast food inspired fashion line.
Art and design, anyone? An increased emphasis on the tactile and craft-driven?
Textile from India are becoming increasing popular, the beautiful embroidery and patterns of India fabric are becoming increasing popular with designers from all over the globe. Craftmen from India weaves beautiful patterns that was passed down from India tribes that existed for thousands of years. A lot of top designer brands such as Gucci, Burberry and DKNY uses traditional India textile in their designs.
The articles shows India culture have a lot of influence in culture, more designers from all over the world are adopting their unique fabric and make them into modern clothing. It is interesting because fashion is becoming more diverse, designers are been influenced by cultures from all over the world and from all time periods.
Oh, for goodness’ sake… A band hits big time by appealing to Boomer/ Yuppie pop history. Is trendspotting going to continue to be about watching the Boomers on a repeat cycle for another generation? Maybe it isn’t about the Boomers anymore? When I was a teen there was a fad for 1950’s rock-and-roll (right about the time the movie American Graffiti came out.) Does each new generation of producers now go back to the years just before they were born for inspiration? Might be worth a look…