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Let's take a moment to mentally transport ourselves to summer: Boston is hot, flowers are in bloom, and within the walls of the Museum of Fine Arts, so are the floral psychedelic prints of the 60s and 70s. "Hippie Chic" is the latest in the museum's string of fashion-focused exhibitions, running from July 2 through November 11, 2013. The turbulent era made an imprint on countless aspects of culture, a big component of which was the way people dressed.
The 50-ensemble showcase features reinvented fabrics from young designers of the decade—velvet, eyelet, satin, leather—as well as popular detailing like beading, fringe, patchwork and the inescapable tie-dye. Many of the pieces are new acquisitions to MFA's Textile and Fashion Arts collection. Especially notable about the time period was the rejection of haute couture and the favoring of individual street style. Anyone want to draw some parallels between now and then? This petite exhibit should not be missed, though if you do, there is a coordinating hardcover by curator Lauren D. Whitley.
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· Hippie Chic [MFA]