Monday, April 28, 2014

Journey of a Dress

DVF's motto

I've never been a big fan of the wrap dress—far too much fabric over my decidedly fleshy Mediterranean hips. But I do love fashion, especially from the mid-20th century to the early 1970s, so, of course, I wanted to see the Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF) exhibit at the former Wilshire May Co. building. My friend Karen L. and I went today before "Journey of a Dress" closes later this week.

A wall of Andy Warhols

DVF's timeless wrap dress, which she designed 40 years ago, is still being worn today. As the brief bio accompanying the exhibit says, the dress "went straight from the office out to dinner" and, in the spirit of the women's liberation, could be removed in less than two minutes, because there was no zipper or "hard-to-reach hooks and eyes."

Newsweek cover and Salem cigarette ad

FLOTUS wearing DVF

Amy Adams and Christian Bale in American Hustle

The exhibit starts with walls of photos of famous women wearing various incarnations of the wrap dress, before opening into a grand gallery, featuring hundreds of barefoot mannequins. Who knew there were so many versions of Von Furstenberg's simple little dress? Enjoy!

Lips fabric

Our favorite dress: front

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