Fashion Flashback: 1970s, on exhibit January 18 – April 27, will showcase everything from flower power patterns and paisley prints to the structured polyester leisure suit.
This decade was a flamboyant period for fashion and style, full of often outrageous trends. Like other elements of 1970s pop culture, clothing was fraught with contradictions and extremes. Some styles reflected a romantic, nostalgic view of the past while others created a sharp, almost harsh vision of the future.
Newly found freedoms for women, minorities and youths resulted in an amazing array of clothing. Ethnic influences were seen in Western dress, especially in Indian fabrics and motifs. Unisex trends were popular in pantsuits for women and flowing garments for men.
Explore the contradictions of this distinctive fashion era for yourself with
Fashion Flashback: 1970s!
Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection. Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our new Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week Check out Textile Tuesday