“Counter-Couture” at the Museum of Arts & Design

Hippie Avant-Garde On Display At MAD

A couple months ago, while interning in NYC, it happened to be one of my best friend’s birthdays and we decided to go to the Museum of Art and Design on a Saturday afternoon after brunch. No surprise here, but I was really excited to see the fashion exhibit, Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture, which celebrates the handmade fashion and style of the 1960s and 1970s.

It was my first time at this museum and it’s a really aesthetically pleasing building in Manhattan, near Central Park. The inside has a different exhibit(s) on each floor. It’s not huge and overwhelming, it’s a really great size for a afternoon trip. This exhibit in particular was on one of the top floors (I forget which), so it was the last thing I saw. It made for a fabulous finale to a very pleasant day in the city.

The room was filled with tie-dyed crochet, patchwork denim, and metallic costumes. It was very hippie avant-garde; filled with spirit, freedom, and vibrant colors. The layout of the exhibit was very organized and not crowded at all, making it easy to focus on one piece or collection at a time. The statement jewelry and protest buttons added even more depth and it truly felt like I traveled back in time. I also think this exhibit is very timely, given our less-than-typical political climate. I love exploring the ways that fashion has made such powerful statements in the past and seeing how reflective it is of a certain time, place, and/or atmosphere.

The exhibit will be up through August 20, so if you have the chance to check it out then I would definitly recommend.

xoxo, Kayla

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