Yves Saint Laurent and Halston highlighted together in new Manhattan exhibition
At the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology
With countless films, books and exhibitions about them, Yves Saint Laurent and Roy Halston Frowick's designs will soon be showcased together at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).
Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the ’70s – which opened on February 6 until April 18 – will compare and contrast the two pioneering designers work.
"Both Saint Laurent and Halston were really grappling with how to create within this dynamic, changing environment, so actually what we found is that some of the clothes are remarkably simple," said deputy director of FIT, Patricia Mears.
Over the past year, Mears and FIT's assistant curator Emma McClendon, sifted through the museum's archives to find ensembles that Saint Laurent and Halston designed which encapsulated the freedom of the 70's and what the designers stood for.
The show will feature a Studio 54 soundtrack as guests will be able to see a timeline that traces both designers careers, from Saint Laurent's tenure at Dior and Halston's humble beginnings as a milliner in Chicago to a 1977 issue of W Magazine that compared the two creatives.
"We wanted the show to be very clean and very simple, and we hope that people can take away how important these designers were," explained Mears. "And how beautiful the 1970s designs were at their best."
Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70's is running until April 18 2015 at the Museum at FIT in New York