I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Monday, March 12, 2018

Fashion in New York Museums

You can find lots of beautiful and interesting attire in New York City Museums. In addition to the Museum at FIT which always has fashion exhibits, you can often find clothing and other fashion related apparel in many other New York City Museums. Here we will talk about just couple of the fashion exhibits that are currently running.

What: Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress,
            from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Where: The Jewish Museum
             1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd St.
             New York, New York

Who: All ages

When: Through March 18, 2018
Me - Fashioning Jewish Dress was fascinating. There were a lot of clothes with purple. They were pretty. I really like purple. There were a bunch of wedding dresses. Some of them didn't look like they would be wedding dresses. I didn't really like any of the wedding dresses. Some of the other dresses were prettier. There were tops that reminded me of Aladdin because they looked like the tops that would be in Aladdin. They were really short and had little sleeves and had designs on them. There were a lot of clothes for young children too. They were really small. They were really colorful. Over all, it was an interesting exhibit.
Mom - Fashioning Jewish Dress is a very extensive exhibit. It includes a wide variety of clothing from many different countries representing the period from the eighteenth century to the twentieth century. The collection includes men's, women's and children's clothing. A lot of the clothing displayed in the exhibit is full of beautiful colors and/or elaborate designs. A bright pink and green head scarve, a  purple and gold dress and a multi colored shirt for a young boy are only a few of the items on display. There is also a whole exhibit of wedding dresses. Most of them don't look anything like the wedding dresses we are used to. In fact, most of the clothes don't look anything like clothes that we are used to seeing today. That is partly because the clothes are from a different decade and partly because the clothes are from different countries. It is interesting to see just how much the clothes vary within the exhibit due to the different countries where each particular item comes from. For instance, some of the countries require women to wear clothing that pretty much covers them from head to toe. Other countries allow a lot more skin to show. It is interesting to think about how much one's fashion choices are affected by when and were we live. If you are interested in fashion particularly fashion in other culturals, you will enjoy this fascinating exhibit.

For more information about this exhibit, visit thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/veiled-meanings-fashioning-jewish-dress. For more information about the Jewish Museum in general or to purchase tickets visit thejewishmuseum.org. We will talk more about the Jewish Museum in future posts.
We were given free tickets to the Museum of the City of New York for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Mod New York

Where: The Museum of the City of New York
             1220 Fifth Ave. at 103 St.
             New York, NY

Who: All ages

When: Through April 1, 2018
Me - Mod New York was fun. There were clothes from the 60s and 70s. They were from different times periods during those decades. Some of them were nice. Some of them were strange. There was a pretty blue flowered dress. There were a lot of polka dots. I like polka dots. There was one dress that reminded me of the insulation on lunch bags. There were cute boots with butterflies. There were also other boots and some high heels. There was a  Campbell's soup dress. There was a jacket that looked like a cow. There were masks. There was a section of Jackie Kennedy's clothes. I'm not sure if they were really hers or just ones that looked liked ones she wore. There were also magazines from the time period and some fashion sketches. All in all, it was interesting to see how much clothes change over a short period of time. Also, it was interesting to see how clothes that look so fashionable at one time don't look fashionable at all at another.
Mom - The decades of the 1960s and the 1970s was a time of rapid change in the fashion world, and that is on full display in the Mod New York exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. It is fun to remember all the crazy fashions that came out of those decades like a Campbell's soup label dress and psychadelically colored dresses. Much of  the clothing is filled with color, something that is sometimes lacking in today's styles. However, at times perhaps there is a bit two much color in the clothing of that time and/or two many crazy patterns. The dresses range from the super short to the super long and everything in between. There is a whole section on the style of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy including a replica of her famous pink suit. Ther exhibit also includes shiny leather boots,  crazy colored boots, and a large selection of heels. There are handbags, jewelry and pictures too. Numerous designers  are represented in the exhibit among them Mary Quant and Geoffrey Beene. All in all, it's just a really fun exhibit to browse.

For information on Mod New York, visit mcny.org/exhibition/mod-new-york. For more information about the Museum of the City of New York in general or to purchase tickets, visit mcny.org/exhibition/mod-new-york. We will talk more about the Museum of the City of New York in future posts.

And that's our view. Where do you like to go to look at fashion?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

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