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UNT Insider | February 2008 Issue | Texas Fashion Collection

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Fashion collection takes viewers back to groovy, psychedelic days

From a UNT News Service press release

Giorgio di Sant'Angelo

Flash back to the far-out fashions of the 1960s and 1970s with groovy caftans and a psychedelic paper dress in Minis, Maxis and Mods, an exhibition presented by the Texas Fashion Collection at the College of Visual Arts and Design.

These fashions, created from 1965 to 1975, will be examined in the context of social history, art and design.

An array of ready-to-wear and designer clothing will be displayed Feb. 21-May 16 at Fashion on Main at Universities Center at Dallas, 1901 Main St. in Dallas. Admission is free.

"There was an incredible synergy between art, music and fashion." says Myra Walker, director and curator of the Texas Fashion Collection. "The youth movement was its own driving force and inspiration when it came to wearing clothes. Color, patterns, and fantasy were the visual language of the times. The design market of today continues to incorporate the energy and vibrant aesthetic from this time period."

Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • A velvet, cotton and wool dress worn by singer and movie actress Lena Horne, left. The patchwork print dress by American designer Giorgio di Sant'Angelo features a full-length flared skirt and bell sleeves.
  • A multicolored print dress of rayon fiber paper in an A-line shape that can be cut into a minidress.
  • A pink chiffon and velour dress with a paisley bodice and a knee-length flowered skirt by American designer Ron Amey.
  • A man's suit of ivory elephant wale corduroy, psychedelic print shirt and purple silk tie by British designer John Stephen, right. The suit demonstrates a trend for brilliantly colored men's attire that became known as the peacock revolution.

Ron Amey

About Fashion on Main
UNT opened Fashion on Main at the Universities Center at Dallas in September 2006 as the first permanent exhibition space dedicated solely to the Texas Fashion Collection, considered one of the most important historic fashion collections in the nation. This will be the fourth exhibition at Fashion on Main.

About the Texas Fashion Collection
The collection began in 1938 when Stanley and Edward Marcus preserved examples of top designers' works in honor of their aunt Carrie Marcus Neiman, a co-founder of the Neiman Marcus store. The Carrie Marcus Neiman Foundation maintained the collection after her death in 1953, and the Dallas Fashion Group took over in the 1960s at the Apparel Mart. The collection, then known as the Dallas Museum of Fashion, came to the UNT campus in 1972 and was later renamed the Texas Fashion Collection. It has grown from 3,000 items to more than 15,000 historic items today.

UNT News Service Press Release
Ellen Rossetti can be reached at erossetti@unt.edu.

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February 2008

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