Monday, April 28, 2014

Diane Von Furstenberg | #JourneyofaDress

I thought I had missed out on seeing the exhibit at LACMA honoring Diane Von Furstenberg and the 40th anniversary of her iconic wrap dress, but I was so excited to find out that the engagement was extended until the end of April. On my next day off, I hopped an Amtrak train up to Los Angeles and met up with my friend Robby to catch the exhibit before it closed.
Upon entering, you're greeted by black and white flooring and hot pink walls covered in press photos of DVF wrap dresses, ads, and personal letters. A neon sign boasts the quote "Feel like a woman. Wear a dress!" at the end of the hallway. Off to the right is a traditional gallery of artwork, including many portraits of DVF and a video from one of her ad campaigns.
The main room, with its many bright wallpapers, shows off hundreds of wrap dresses from collections dating all the way back to the first wrap dress of 1974. The dresses are grouped by color and pattern and range from casual to formal, short to long, even with a few jumpers in the mix.
It was so much fun to look through at all of the dresses and try to guess what era they were from without looking at the little year plaques. The popularity of colors and patterns change over time, but DVF has managed to choose so many timeless options that only tiny nuances like pointed lapels and asymmetrical hems could give away their age.
There was a little booth in the gift shop that would instantly print out your instagram photo if you hash-tagged #journeyofadress. Here's the mirror shot Robby and I posted!

And isn't it compulsory to take a photo with the "Urban Light" display by Chris Burden?
 After we saw the exhibit, Robby and I had lunch at Union Market and dessert at Bottega Louie, where the macaroons are to die for. I took the train back to San Diego and unknowingly sat with a bunch of ex-cons who had gotten out of prison that morning. Tres chic. Watch my video of the entire day trip below!

Were you able to catch the DVF #JourneyofaDress exhibit at LACMA? What did you think? Did you enjoy this post? Want to see more like this? Leave a comment and let me know!

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