I just went to an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art called, “Diane Von Furstenberg: The Art of the Dress.” This exhibit, which runs until April 1, 2014, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Von Furstenberg’s iconic “wrap dress.” 200 examples of the dress, both vintage and modern, are on display, along with artwork, photos, and other memorabilia.
Those of us of a certain age remember this as “The Dress” in the 70’s. Everyone had one. The Wrap Dress had bold colors, geometric prints, cleavage – and you could wash it. No more shirtwaist dresses with Peter Pan collars – the wrap dress was sophisticated, modern, and In. (And according to one of the old advertisements on display, it only cost $80, which seems unbelievable nowadays.)
Going to a show like this brings back instant memories and makes us realize why certain items are timeless. I often have the same reaction at the thrift store when I see a piece of vintage clothing, housewares, or toys. There’s a reason people are still buying classic sweaters, CorningWare casserole dishes, and Monopoly games. They worked for our lifestyles back in the day, and they work now.
If you’re going to be in Los Angeles this month, check out this exhibit, which is in the old May Company building at 6067 Wilshire (LACMA West). If you’re not going to be in Los Angeles, check out the ALI thrift store for your vintage fix!
– Marta, ALI Volunteer