Friday, July 19, 2013

Hippie Chic

How fortuitous after blogging this week about Gypsy caravans and Gypsy inspired fashion I came upon this exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  The Hippies of the 70s were very much inspired by the Gypsies whose clothing was colorful, free flowing and often made of re-purposed mixed materials.  The unique outfits the "flower children" were creating by hand (from vintage clothing!!!) was embraced by rock stars and celebrities alike and the style was quickly adopted by the world's top fashion houses and their designers.  Here is a small sampling of what the MFA has put together from this culturally creative period in American history.

Pants Suit
Roy Halston Frowick
Tie-dyed silk and velvet

Barry & Yosha Finch for The Chariot
Cotton Velvet & Nylon

Giorgio di Sant'Angelo for Bonwit Teller & Co
Rayon Velvet

Giorgio di Sant'Angelo for Giorgio Beverly Hills

Geoffrey Beene
Printed silk

Thea Porter
Printed silk

Gohill for Granny Takes A Trip
Appliqued leather

The Hippie Chic exhibit is running thru November 11, 2013 at the MFA and you can read all about it {here}.

*all photo's the property of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston*

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Gypsy Caravans Redux

Of course, if you are going to live in a Gypsy Caravan you need the appropriate clothing....

Dolce and Gabbana from the Spring 2012 & 2013 Collections

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Gypsy Caravans

I found this photo of a 19th century Gypsy caravan in a 1995 issue of Architectural Digest. This antique wagon resided on a county estate in England and at the time was being used as a "Wendy House" for the owner's three children.  I'm not really sure what a "Wendy House" is but I'm assuming it's an adorable name for a child's playhouse.  Partial to wagons in gardens, I spent a lazy afternoon looking at Gypsy caravans and dreaming of my own Wendy House.

There were six main types of Gypsy Caravans that roamed the world and some were far more extravagant than their utilitarian brothers.  You can learn more about their history and use {here}.

Until the time I find my own Gypsy Wagon I guess I'll have to stick with my marigold filled vintage Radio Flyer!