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Fashioning the 70’s

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Yves Saint Laurent and Halston have both been celebrated throughout the decades for their glamorous designs. Each with their own camp of devotees and classic staples, their brands have adapted and transcended the test of time. Although, as we look back to their beginnings, it is abundantly clear that both designers left their mark on one decade in particular; the 1970’s.

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“Fashioning the 70’s” is a special exhibit at FIT dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent and Halston, who both defined feminine glamour during the 1970’s with their respective fashions.  From February 6th 2015 – April 18th 2015, The Museum at FIT is exploring the relationship between the two designers by juxtaposing their work.  Both had similar aesthetics exemplified throughout their careers and showcased in this special exhibition.

Above: (left) Saint Laurent and Halston Pajama Sets c. 1970 and 1976 (right) Halston Evening Dress 1974

The 1970s was a time of momentous change in fashion, not only in the look of clothes but also in the way they were designed, made, distributed, and consumed. This dichotomous decade—sandwiched between the counterculture 1960s and the opulent 1980s—witnessed the demise of haute couture’s majestic reign and the simultaneous ascension of designer-led conglomerates.”

- The Museum at FIT

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Above: (left) Halston Navy printed cotton dress c. 1976 and Yves Saint Laurent printed silk chiffon dress c. 1971 (right) Yves Saint Laurent

The Museum at FIT holds the Halston archives, a complete and comprehensive record of his work, and many of the Yves Saint Laurent pieces were donated by clients, colleagues, and friends.  The exhibit showcases eighty ensembles and over a dozen accessories between the two designers.

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The exhibit is “arranged thematically in an environment designed to evoke the style of this singular, dynamic era in history.”  With the start of their careers, both designers drew on menswear for their respective collections, later exploring other similar themes such as history and exoticism. Despite the fact that both designers have been written about in countless magazines, books, articles, and scripts worldwide, they have never been compared side by side, the exhibition is the first of its kind.

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            Halston, 1977                              Yves Saint Laurent, 1976

“Fashioning the 70’s” is a rare opportunity to witness the similarities – and differences - between both Yves Saint Laurent and Halston. During a time when fashion was very much changing, the two were able to create something entirely their own.  If you’re visiting New York City or just need a plan for the weekend, this special exhibit at FIT is something you don’t want to miss.

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Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s was organized by Patricia Mears, deputy director of MFIT, and Emma McClendon, assistant curator of MFIT, with Fred Dennis, senior curator of MFIT.

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The Museum at FIT is open Tues - Fri Noon - 8pm, Saturday 10am - 5pm, and closed Sundays, Mondays, and legal holidays.

The Museum at FIT
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street
New York City 10001-5992
Information: 212 217.4558
www.fitnyc.edu

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Century Furniture and Charlotte launched her second collection of furniture for Century Icons in April of 2014, available in Century showrooms throughout the country. Creating this collection for Century Furniture was one of those opportunities to sit back, close eyes and imagine how we live NOW.

Today we communicate differently, we entertain differently, we even think differently about how we use our space than we did just a few years ago. So you may notice some unexpected details in this collection, and here's to hoping you do….

Through more than 20 years decorating, no matter the project – large or small – it always seems to come down to the same basic elements – livability, practicality and, of course, wanting it to look good.

The great thing about furniture is it moves! You can play with a floor plan, try different alternatives, and even have two or three plans for a room using the same pieces. Flexibility in decorating keeps it fresh – and always evolving.

Having worked with Century and their stellar team to put together Charlotte's first collection, they had the benefit of experience, and have made upholstered pieces that are luxurious, but welcoming and hospitable. The wood finishes are elegant, sophisticated and modern.

It’s a collection for how we live today.

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Charlotte Moss turns her eye to the garden as a resource for interiors, entertaining, and good living. This book shows the myriad ways the garden provides inspiration every day —indoors and outdoors. Touring readers through her own garden, Moss offers insights on how to bring the garden into home life—including ideas for elegant flower arrangements from the garden and the table settings and menus they inspire, garden seating for entertaining and relaxing, interior color schemes drawn from nature, and much more.

To be released April 2015. Pre-order your book now!

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About Charlotte Moss
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Since opening her business in 1985, Charlotte has designed private residences and executive suites all over the United States and the Caribbean. In addition to designing interiors, Charlotte Moss’ career has included retail stores, celebrated for Charlotte’s unique blend of American, European and Classical influences.

Having launched her career on Wall Street, Charlotte has a keen sense for the shifting sands of change, amid all her decorating prowess. Widening her reach in recent years, Charlotte Moss, LLC now brings her signature Flair for Living to consumers worldwide with collections available under license. She has designed fabric and trim for Fabricut, carpeting, sisals and soon-to-be scenic mural wallpapers for Stark Carpet, and china for Pickard. Most recently, Charlotte has used her experience culled from twenty-five years of decorating couture homes to design a collection of furniture and upholstery with Century Furniture. Charlotte’s collection of framed decorative art for Soicher-Marin, which launched at the High Point Market, is based in-part on her own photography.

Charlotte is a sought-after speaker, lecturing widely on all the arts of living. Recent lecture titles include:

  • “Where Ideas Come From”
  • “A Flair for Living”
  • “Having a Visual Life”
  • “Living Well: The Key to an Enduring Style”
  • “Age Defying Decorating”
  • “What Sparks Your Creativity?”
  • “Show Me the Content: Design Blogging Today”
  • “Design Muse: Great Women of Style”

She has written eight books to date. Her most recent title, A Visual Life: Scrapbooks, Collages, and Inspirations, was released by Rizzoli in the fall of 2012. In addition to writing books, she frequently contributes to The Wall Street Journal.

Charlotte’s work has been published in shelter magazines worldwide and she has received numerous awards, including The Timeless Design Award, given by the Royal Oak Foundation, Elle Décor’s VISION AWARD and Traditional Home magazine’s list of the worlds’ Top 20 interior designers. Last May, Charlotte was honored with the Circle of Excellence Award from the International Furnishings & Design Association (IFDA) for the field of interior design.

Charlotte considers her most important work to be her community service and philanthropy. She serves on the Boards of The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, The Bone Marrow Foundation, The Elsie de Wolfe Foundation and the Advisory Board of The New York School of Interior Design, where she received an Honorary Doctorate Degree. Charlotte is also a member of the Executive Cabinet of The Leaders of Design Council, and sits on the Acquisitions Committee at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. On May 16, 2013, Charlotte was honored by the Bone Marrow Foundation with the Brandon Tartikoff Award at the ‘Be A Lifeline’ benefit gala.

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