March 12, 2017
It seems like the 1960s and 70s are “in” right now. There has been a renewed interest in the era of free love, peace movements, and the creativity that sprang from youth of the time, especially around fashion. The 1960s and 1970s were known for the renewed and creative use of traditional textile craft such as embroidery, applique, dying, and crochet in clothing to create unique and colorful garments. There is a great article in this month's Vanity Fair about the summer of 1967 and its impact on fashion and culture in America - the era from which Folkwear sprang (note: link only show pictures from article, you must be a subscriber to read the article).
This month a new exhibit called “Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in American Counterculture” opened at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City. This exhibition was organized by Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington, and curated by Guest Curator Michael Cepress. And, Folkwear has a connection to it!
One of the original Folkwear dresses is in the collection on display. Alexandra Jacopetti Hart, one of the founders of Folkwear designed and created the dress when creating the Afghan Nomad Dress (#107) pattern when they founded the company in the mid 1970s.
Folkwear's #107 Afghan Nomad Dress on exhibit at the NY MAD Counter-Couture exhibit. Made by Alexandra Hart.
If you want to check out the exhibit, click on any of the links below and you will see great photos of the garments on display - and learn quite a bit more about the period and fashion. See if you can spot Folkwear’s Afghan Nomad Dress! Bonus if you can find a version of the Gaza Dress (#101) in there too!
Exhibit is open until August 10, 2017
Links to view exhibit (if you can't make it to NYC):Exhibition Link Online with photos of the installation: http://madmuseum.org/exhibition/counter-couture
New York Times Video:
Arts Summary - A Visual Tour: