Hippie Chic - the exhibition catalogue from Museum of Fine Arts, Boston available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Hippie Chic

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For some, hippie style is the opposite of chic, associated with messiness, the rejection of high fashion ideals, and over-the-top combinations of colors and fabrics. But in this companion book to an exhibition of the same name, Boston Museum of Fine Arts curator Whitley makes a compelling case for hippie chic' Choice

Hippie Chic at MFA installation view  

The 1960s saw a revolution in fashion that was born, like most things from youth rebellion in the streets. For the first time, haute couture designers weren’t dictating all the trends; instead, inspiration for many of the latest styles came from the street. This companion book to the Museum of Fine Arts 2013 exhibition explores how Woodstock wear was transformed into flowing caftans and crushed-velvet suits, first by hip boutiques like Ossie Clark and Granny Takes a Trip and soon after by the designers Arnold Scaasi, Geoffrey Beene and Yves Saint Laurent.

Author, Whitley uses photographs, copy from fashion magazines, newspaper articles, and the garments themselves to explore what hippie fashion really meant. The book includes sections on psychedelic design, the gypsy look, Medieval, Renaissance, Elizabethan and Victorian influences, Asian and Middle Eastern exoticism as well as the American frontier aesthetic.

This informative and fun exhibition catalogue is recommended for fashion enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in the heady days of the late 1960s and early 1970s. 

  • Author: Lauren Whitley, Curator of Textile and Fashion at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 
  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Date published:  February 2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0878467952
  • Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 20.3 x 1.9 cm