DVF’s Journey of a Dress
As fashion-conscious and design-savvy modern women, it’s hard to imagine living without the everyday style essentials: little black dress, classic blue jean, simple white tee, and so on. So ubiquitous have these wardrobe staples become that it’s easy to forget where they first came from – but in the case of the wrap dress, the professional go-to that’s beloved for its universally flattering silhouette and effortless day-to-night transition, there’s a chic, unmissable reminder at L.A.’s May Co. building. On view now is the ‘Journey of a Dress’ exhibit, curated by and celebrating 40 years of the wrap dress by iconic American designer Diane Von Furstenberg.
Made originally in drip-dry, cotton jersey that wraps with a tie around the waist, DVF’s signature piece has been outfitting fashionable, on-the-go working women since the 70s, and currently the exhibition displays 200 vintage and contemporary iterations of the design, which together weave a tale of the times. There’s accompanying photography featuring the likes of wrap dress-clad ladies from Madonna and Amy Winehouse to First Lady Michelle Obama, and even portraiture of DVF herself from artists like Andy Warhol and Helmut Newton. For a look at the future, there’s a preview of the upcoming limited edition collection in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation, with iconic chain links and poppy flowers prints aplenty.
Until April 1, 2014.
Wilshire May Co. Bldg / 6067 Wilshire Blvd / closed Wed / dvf.com/wrap40