What with all this talk of the resurgence of Feminism in mainstream culture lately, even Stylist magazine has recently released a Feminist manifesto, it had me thinking back to the 1970s when the feminist movement really hit the big time.
Then from the start of the AW14 shows I saw the 70s trend develop: Alexander Wang used psychedelic paisley prints to line his coats in NY, Topshop Unique in London was full of 70s homage in all its camel glory while Frida Giannini for Gucci sent models down the runway in large aviators and fluffy furs that screamed the decade in Milan.
I went to see American Hustle, a brilliant film by David O. Russell tipped for numerous awards, last month and adored the plunging necklines of the blouses and dresses Amy Adams’ character wore (also designed by Gucci) without a bra strap in sight. She looked free and sexy without being over the top (except for when she needed to be).
Then I remembered that the iconic fashion item of the 1970s- the wrap dress by Diane von Furstenberg- celebrated it’s 40th anniversary only last month with an exhibit and a legendary party in Los Angeles in it’s honour. Rumour has it the exhibit is so true to Ms. von Furstenberg’s fabulous past they’ve re-created a mini Studio 54 alongside Andy Warhol’s portraits of the designer so you feel like you were there.
Upon further snooping into the upcoming cultural scene, I noticed a retrospective on Ossie Clark, another essential designer who defined the 70s zeitgeist, was taking place at the Gallery of Costume in his hometown of Manchester in the UK. On till mid-June, this exhibit explores how Clark’s career took off after his graduate collection was featured in Vogue in 1968.
Clearly the 70s are back with a vengeance, get out your bell bottoms and cropped halter tops because Cher ain’t going nowhere!