Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Exhibitions and Broadway!

Because of the confusion of museum and gallery openings throughout the week, M&M accompanied me to the two fashion exhibitions on at the Fashion Institue of Technology on Tuesday morning. Japan
Fashion Now, which was curated by prominent fashion theorist Valerie Steele, explored the history and examples of Japanese experimentation with dress and ornamentation throughout avant garde and pop culture. It was a colourful journey through distinguished movements like the 1980s Japanese Avant Garde when designers like Issey Miyajke, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto exploded onto the fashion scene with fresh and innovative ways of remoulding the body and dress through innovative technology and shapes. The pop culture part of the exhibit featured examples of mainstream adaptations and styles of dress, including notable figures like Gothic Lolita, Kamikaze Man and Sailor Moon schoolgirl. The exhibition was thoughtfully curated with atmosphere and mise en scene, utilizing media devices and technological enhancements to improve the curated experience.

The His and Hers fashion exhibition, curated from an archive of men and women´s periodical clothing, explored the evolving discources in gender and dress throughout history. On a personal note, once you´ve seen one exhibition like this, you´ve kind of seen them all…and this exhibition certainly wasn´t one outstanding from the million I have seen in my lifetime. As pointed out by my sartorial connosieur companions, many of the dress conventions, particularly in the menswear were either outdated or incorrect…and it is true that the `resentation of the garments certainly would have benefited with better use of mannequins, or better mannequins for that matter. I liked the space age section though…

We treated ourselves to a Broadway production that night, and decked out in style, took ourselves to see the Mary Poppins production at the historical New Amsterdam theatre. This theatre is the home of the original Zeigfield Follies of the 1920s, and there was a gorgeous monument cabinet dedicated to the preservation of those golden days in the lobby bar lounge. Mary Poppins was fantastic…I thoroughly enjoyed myself, mostly because I was an insane fan of the story as a child. And the production still captured moments of magic such as the rooftop chimney sweep routines and of course what Mary could pull out of her bag. The costuming was quite amazing (aside from the annoyingly huge bustles on the ladies skirts), and explosion of colour and frills. I would say though, that the most astounding part of the production was the set design, which revolved with each scene, transforming from room to room on suspended platforms.

I can´t get ¨´spoonful of sugar´out of my head…

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