Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Spo0oky Field Trip

Today I'm taking a few hours away from the studio to visit FIT's Gothic: Dark Glamour exhibition. As a former victorian/high fashion (not pvc or fang wearing) goth lady, this show speaks to me on many levels, not the least of which is humor. I'll be attending with an old spooky friend who still turns out an impeccable look every day with custom made gorgeous clothing, purple hair and perfect makeup. She is probably the most well groomed and well dressed woman I know -- whenever we go out children stop her and ask if she is a princess.

Below is a description of the show from the FIT website - it's mostly a lot of blah blah, as these things go. My favorite fashion writer, Robin Givan, also wrote a fabulous piece on the exhibition. 

Gothic: Dark Glamour
September 5, 2008 through February 21, 2009

"Gothic" is an epithet that evokes images of death, destruction, and decay. Not simply a word that describes something, such as a Gothic cathedral, it is almost always a term of abuse that implies the dark, barbarous, and gloomy. Such negative connotations have made the gothic an ideal symbol of rebellion for a wide range of cultural outsiders. From its origins in 18th century gothic literature of terror to its contemporary manifestations in vampire literature and cinema, the gothic has embraced the powers of horror and the erotic macabre. Throughout its history, fashion has been central to our vision of the gothic. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) will present Gothic: Dark Glamour, the first exhibition devoted to the gothic in fashion, from September 5, 2008 through February 21, 2009.

Set in theatrical mise-en-scene suggesting iconic gothic settings, such as the labyrinth, the ruined castle and the laboratory, more than 75 ensembles will be on display. Although popularly identified with black-clad teenagers and rock musicians, gothic fashion is represented in this exhibition with looks by designers such as Alexander McQueen, John Galliano of Christian Dior, Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, Anne Demeulemeester, Anna Sui, Olivier Theyskens, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, Jun Takahashi of Undercover, and Yohji Yamamoto, as well as sub-cultural styles, such as "old-school goth," cyber-goth, and the Japanese look of Elegant Gothic Lolitas.

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