Uncommon Threads Symposium

Thursday, February 7, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (ET)
Gleason Performing Arts Center Gleason Performing Arts Center
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Keidra Navaroli
Ruth Funk Textiles Center

 Uncommon Threads Lecture: “Hippie Chic”

 Thursday, February 7, 2013, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Gleason Performing Arts Center; Free Admission

Guest Speaker: Lauren D. Whitley, curator in the David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

In the late 1960s and early 1970s new exuberant forms of dress, inspired by the emerging hippie culture, openly challenged prevailing ideas about clothing.  Hippies rejected society’s values, and the minimalist geometric lines of “Mod” styles, in favor of an eclectic, highly-personalized look that combined vintage clothes with apparel inspired by contemporary art, nature, history, and ethnographic art. Hippie style was all about self expression, and fun, and their “DIY” attitude was taken up by hip boutiques and a wave of young designers, many of them fresh out of art schools. As a result, fashion trends actually “trickled up” from the streets to impact established ready-to-wear and haute couture, threatening the hegemony of Paris for the first time. 

 This talk will explore the revolutionary “hippie chic” fashions that emerged between 1967 and 1973, and the inspirations - retro, fantasy, ethnic, and craft – that informed their varied looks. 

Image courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 


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