Amazing Fashions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Contemporary Fashions and Designs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. All fashions are owned by the museum through donations. Photos by Angelladywriter.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Inspirational Fashions Displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Fashion is the individual creativity of its designer. Within the walls of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, "Fashion is aspirational. You can come in here and get a little closer to some of the pieces you dream about," said Kristina Haugland LeVine, Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles. #Fashion designing can be a little complicated. Individual fashions are personal and heartfelt. It is based on the way you feel and desires to present yourself to the world around you. Kristina went on to express the simplicity of fashion, "... .Because you don't have to know anything about it we all wear clothes everybody bring their own experience of what it might be like to wear that or feel that."
The museum's origin in 1876 but officially opened on March 26, 1928. A publication entitled, Philadelphia Museum of Art Handbook stated, "...the #Philadelphia Museum of Arts is one of this country's oldest public art museums and has long been recognized as one of its finest." There were top fashion designers featured from all over the world. The finest shapes, volumes, designs, and textures existed throughout this exhibition. Each piece had its unique source of inspiration. Dom Streater, Fashion and Textile Designer and two-time winner of #Project Runway expressed her feelings about the exhibition by stating, "Every time you turn the corner it is something wonderful and surprising to look at. One of these garments can be an inspiration for an entire collection." One example was an elegant red evening dress with a shawl, designed by Valentino, for his fall and winter collection in 2007. This stunning "silk chiffon, gathered to outline the bust of this strapless gown, falls from a high waist into a fluid, layered skirt with both sunburst and diagonal pleating." Fashion designer Dom Streater also acknowledged how difficult this type of pleating was to accomplish. Her interview included in the YouTube video posted on this page.
Fabulous Fashion: From Dior's New Look to Now. A video from YouTube.
Unique Dresses, Shoes, Hats and Purse Designs were Displayed During the Fashion Exhibition
Fashion is all about creativity. We engender each other to demonstrate who we are as a person by the way we dress. Kristin Delterlene, Group Editor, Philadelphia Style Magazines expressed fashion this way, "I think fashion is certainly an art form. It's a choice we make every day. What we want to say to them about ourselves." Distinctive with an idiomatic perspective is Bernhard Willhelm's 2013 dress, socks, and shoe display. German-born in 1972, this designer combined "shoes made by Camper of Spain. A pleated polyester satin cotton/acrylic knit, with leather, rubber with polyester cord and twill tape double-weave webbing." These descriptive words were on the card for the exhibit itself. The combination of ideas was a collection within itself.
Peculiar but beautifully expressive shoes were on display within the fashion artifacts such as 1947 shoes designed by Newton Elkins Shoe Company. They were "suede gilded, and painted leather glided metal." A pair of red suede shoes, silver and black boots straight out of the seventies were on display. Distinct hats with plain white or green bird feathers caused me to stop in my tracts. A high-spirited black handbag with pink and white flowers incased with a variety of shoes and boots. This exhibition is jaw-dropping.
Fashion with its Rich Origin, Social Duties and History at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The origin of fashion starts with humans who have a creator. A publication entitled Insight on the Scriptures said this about our ability to create which comes from God, "Throughout the Scriptures, Jehovah God is identified as the Creator. "God...created all things." Jesus Christ recognized Jehovah as the One who created humans, making them male and female. Hence, Jehovah is fittingly and uniquely called 'the Creator.'" The origin of creation through humans established by God evolved through our creativity is made firm. Historical aspects within this fashion exhibit acknowledged: "Victorians generally believed that women were most beautiful when they looked most different from men." Social issues based on a woman's life mentions, "Society is the business of a woman's life; it is man's pastime and relaxation." Women previously wore petticoats with trains, garters with bows, skirts, with bustle, satin, silk taffeta, gloves, and corsets. Kristina Haugland LeVine said it best, "Fashions has evolved since 1947. That new ideal look of the very feminine with full skirts is no longer with us. Fashion is about creativity." In the end, we dream about where we can draw closer to our future and past. Through this excellent fashion exhibit featured at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, our future and past are beautifully captivated.
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