Exhibits!

1.) “FOALE AND TUFFIN – MADE IN ENGLAND”
Through February 24
Fashion and Textile Museum [London, England
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“Double D” Dress, 1966 Foale and Tuffin, Model Jenny Boyd

This exhibit is staging a retrospective exhibition of Foale and Tuffin – two influential designers who were at the heart of the cultural explosion in London in the sixties. The Foale and Tuffin label was what cool girls wore – colorful, pop-inspired mini-dresses and trend-setting trouser suits were just some of the key pieces that were ahead of their time in developing popular, desirable fashion.

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2.) “CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE FASHION: THE MARY BASKETT COLLECTION”
Through April 11
Textile Museum [Washington DC]

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Dress, Fall/Winter 1990/91, Issey Miyake (b. 1938), Japan. Collection of Mary Baskett.

This exhibit is an expanded version of an earlier showing at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and will include approximately 40 garments. Informed in part by Japanese traditions such as the kimono, obi and the art of origami, these designers produced radical garments with shapes and textures often incongruous with the natural contours of the human body. Their designs “characterized by asymmetry, raw edges, unconventional construction, oversized proportions and monochromatic palettes” effectively overthrew existing norms and set the stage for the postmodernist movement in the fashion industry.

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3.) “THE HEIGHTS OF FASHION: PLATFORM SHOES THEN AND NOW”
Through May 30
Mint Museum of Art [Charlotte, NC]

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Platform Shoe circa 1974-1979 Labeled “El Poderoso / Made in Spain” Patent leather on a 1-3/4″ platform sole with a 4″ heel Private Collection.

This exhibit highlights 60 examples of platform footwear from the 1930s through the present. Elevated shoes have appeared for centuries in cultures around the world. In Ancient Greece, actors wore thick-soled shoes to heighten their stature before their audience. In Europe, from about 1600-1750, some women in high society and the demimonde wore tall pedestal shoes called chopines. Thick platform shoes were fashionable in the Manchu culture of Northeast China. Japan’s platform sandals became part of the traditional dress of geishas.

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Thank you to Costume Society of America for providing this information.

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