I had read about this exhibit on several blogs when it first opened in January and I was happy to hear that it’ll be still on view in March when I was going to be in Los Angeles.
The exhibit celebrates and showcases the journey of the iconic wrap dress and its designer Diane von Fuerstenberg. DVF invented the dress 40 years ago, and somehow both the dress and Diane, managed to not age a day since then.
The pink corridor, through which you enter the exhibition, shows pictures of celebrities and Diane herself wearing the wrap dresses over the last four decades as well as old advertisements or magazine covers. Her slogan “Feel like a woman – Wear a dress!”, which she scribbled on a white cube when she posed for her first ad, is displayed with neon lights.
In the second room photographs and paintings of DVF herself -by artists such as Andy Warhol or Helmut Newton- are on view and in the last room you’ll get to see every possible version of the wrap dress: long or short, with prints or patterns or simple and elegant in black and white.
Though I love DVFs colorful patterns, the white dress with the black-and-white belt was the one that stood out to me, I’ve gotta make it mine someday 😉 .
The exibit is extended until May 1, 2014 and open every day except for Wednesdays. It is free of admission and located in the Wilshire May Company Building, a part of LACMA.
more information: http://www.dvf.com/wrap40/