40 years and countless numbers of wrap dresses later, we celebrate the journey of a dress, eponymous with the name Diane von Furstenburg. Upon its inception in the early 70s, the wrap dress signified a woman’s freedom and sexuality, a sort of zeitgeist in its own right. And although we have come a long way as a society since that time, this comparatively small space of fabric in the universe (jersey knit, dontchya know), keeps on floating along with the enormous message it created back then. Donned by hundreds of celebrities and fashion icons along the way, it’s found itself as a household name, and most certainly a household’s closet staple. So what better way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this iconic dress along with the woman who created it, than staging an artistically creative exhibition in the modernist of modern museums? (LACMA dontchya know).
Walking through the exhibit, I had a sort of nostalgia that made absolutely no sense. As a child of the 80s, I could not possibly know anything about the “humble” beginnings of a dress by a Princess from 1973. But still somehow, I was whisked away to the days of Studio 54, Andy Warhol and decades of wrap dresses, textile prints and the simplicity of a vintage slogan, snapping back to the reality of 2014 by the Instagram photo booth of hashtags and big dreams. But as I left the museum that day, a certain feeling resonated with me…so, I went home and put on a dress =).
|Artist: Andy Warhol|