Once again, the 1970s have exploded all over the runways! We’ve all seen, and maybe have worn, the rompers, jump suits, caftans, suede fringe, oversized florals, and boho-hippie look that have been commonplace in recent years. We are swimming in the 1970s and riding the wave from the late 60s/early 70s low-slung “hip-hugger” jeans to high-waisted pants that were fashionable for most of the decade. And the sloppy hippie chick is maturing into the sleek disco queen.
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC is currently exhibiting “Yves Saint Laurent + Halston, fashioning the 70s.” The curators of this cutting edge museum pin-pointedly intuit direction of trends – and, symbiotically, affect trends. The apparel in this exhibit could walk down the runway today and be considered brilliant.
Looking backward for inspiration has always been and will always be. Emerging fashion capitals – Mexico City, Seoul, Shanghai, Sao Paulo (visit FIT’s Museum after June 2!) – will showcase designers of their locale. And they will look back to their fashion roots. Pulling from early 20th century Mexico City – what did that look like? Different silhouettes, patterns, historic references than American/European history and memories will look “new” to my Euro-American eyes. The 70s are clearly still delighting us, but we are also craving something different. Is the solution the “perceived new” fashion from other parts of the world? Maybe. So bring it on! We in the fashion world are ready to explore new terrains!