The Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Colour exhibition catalogue

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Colour

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Pink is perhaps the most divisive of colours. Among the likes of Madame de Pompadour and Nicki Minaj, it inspires something close to obsession. In others, it seems to inspire something more like revulsion.

It also is a colour with a fascinating history. The discovery of a new dye made pink a fashionable colour in the Age of Enlightenment. Worn by aristocratic men and women, it communicated taste and class. Pink would assume many guises thereafter: adopted by men in Morocco and bullfighters in Spain; in 1950s America it became associated with a sort of constrained hyper-femininity; the Clash declared it “the ultimate rock ’n’ roll colour”;  and feminists, some in so-called pussy hats, have started to appropriate the colour and make it a symbol of strength rather than frivolity.

Pink, the exhibition catalogue for a show at MFIT is a beautifully illustrated exploration of the significance of the colour pink in fashion and culture and is a mesmerizing potion of historic and cultural intrigue. The book features images of stunning pink fashions given context by photographs, advertisements, and works of art. It features essays by scholars across the disciplines, giving readers access to a wealth of research into subjects as diverse as Hollywood movies and the symbolism of the pink triangle.  

A great read for pink lovers and pink haters alike.
  • Author: Valerie Steele, Director, MFIT
  • Hardcover: 208 pages | 125 colour illustrations
  • Date published:  August 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0500022269
  • Product Dimensions: 28.0 x 23.0 cm

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