Tag: allentown art

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Allentown Art Museum’s “Fashion as Experiment: The 60’s” is a trip back in time to an era that transformed what was happening in American culture into wearable ideologies.

“Young people, protesting against racism and sexism in their society, young people who enjoy the ecological movement, and more. Generally, this desire for greater freedom and authenticity and daily life,” said Claire McRee, the museum’s Assistant Curator.

The exhibit is broken into two components. The first focuses on disruptive youth styles with bold colors, oh-so-high hemlines, hot pants, and the pop art influence of Warhol’s Campbell soup cans.

But it didn’t limit itself to the ladies.

“We also see the influence of what’s called the peacock revolution on menswear. By the mid to late 60s young men in particular were beginning to experiment with clothing that was in styles conventionally considered to be feminine in western fashion,” said MRee.

These disruptive styles lay the groundwork for the items in the second part of the exhibition, the hippie movement, the idea of clothing being a means of protest and how it could connect us with our heritage.

“With garments like the dashiki, which is something adopted by many young African Americans in this era, along with natural hair as a way of celebrating heritage and celebrating difference,” said McRee.

As part of the exhibition, the Allentown Art Museum is asking the community to share pictures of their families and their fashion from the 60’s to show how these trends and political movements were interpreted in the Lehigh Valley.

The exhibition runs through Sept. 24. Admission is free.

Read the rest

The Allentown Art Museum is the place to be with its groovy new exhibition, “Fashion as Experiment: The ’60s.”

The exhibit, which opened Saturday and runs through Sunday, Sept. 24, explores clothing as a tool for change and focuses on the mid-1960s styles that offered young people of the era a laboratory for imagination and play as well as a growing sense of activism.

The new exhibition will be structured in two parts and will feature more than 100 garments and accessories from the museum’s vast collection, some of which by iconic designers such as Geoffrey Beene, Emilio Pucci, Bonnie Cashin, and André Courrèges.

I recently spoke with museum curator Claire McRee about the upcoming exhibition and more in this exclusive new interview.

Q: What was the inspiration behind the new exhibition, “Fashion as Experiment: The ‘60s”?

Claire McRee: We have a strong 1960s area in our fashion collection with a lot of depth and interesting garments. That was really the inspiration. Then as we thought about the issues and conversations that were happening during the 60s we realized a lot of the ideas about things like gender, race and the environment still resonate today. It felt like a great moment to take a closer look at this important era in history.

Josefa (Mexican, 19192010), Dress, 1972, natural cotton and ribbons. Allentown Art Museum: transferred from American Textile History Museum, Gift of Ellen Pinzur, 2017.
Josefa (Mexican, 1919–2010), Dress, 1972, natural cotton and ribbons. Allentown Art Museum: transferred from American Textile History Museum, Gift of Ellen Pinzur, 2017.

Q: What can visitors to the exhibition expect to see?

McRee: This exhibition is larger in scale than some of the other fashion exhibits we’ve done in the past and will take up the entire second floor of the museum. We’ll have two main groups with the larger one fitting into the category of disruptive youth. It contains styles that are mod, streamlined, minimalist and

Read the rest