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Tomorrow marks the highly anticipated opening of "Hippie Chic" at the Museum of Fine Arts, an exhibit on the fashion of that late 1960s and early 1970s subculture. Two years and over fifty ensembles in the making, the show is a funky counterpoint to that of another influential genre, "Punk: Chaos to Couture," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as noted by The New York Times. Emerging talents like Halston and Giorgio di Sant'Angelo gained influence in their patchwork peasant dresses and tie dye silk, dictating trends more directly and more accessibly than the former reigning force at the time—haute couture.
Hippies were early adopters of DIY, challengers of high fashion, and the originators of individual street and festival style. Their use of unusual fabric, bold color, and homegrown embellishment techniques eventually worked its way back up the rungs of the fashion ladder, occasionally appearing in today's fashion and dominating the image of iconic musicians and artists like Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, and Cher for perpetuity. Examine the looks of the era through November 11 in the Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery. Prepare for the exhibit by watching behind-the-scenes videos with curator Lauren Whitley and more.
· When Hippies Walked the Runways [The New York Times]
· The MFA Will Reincarnate 'Hippie Chic' This July [Racked Boston]
· Hippie Chic [MFA]