Saturday, March 3, 2012

MOCA: "The Total Look" is Totally Fabulous! Part I

MOCA: "THE TOTAL LOOK" IS TOTALLY FABULOUS! -- What can we say about last night at MOCA Pacific Design Center's special member's opening for "The Total Look: The Creative Collaboration between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt, and William Claxton" except to say WOW!!! We at Studio of Style joined hundreds of Museum of Contemporary Art members whose minds were blown away by this 1960s and 1970s fashion, film and photography extravaganza -- with special guest of the exhibition, model Peggy Moffitt in attendance (see photos below). So we are giving this event extended coverage (go to the MOCA link to read all about this amazing creative collaboration to learn just how wonderful things can be when a true collaboration blossoms and transforms the fashion realm). And we agree wholeheartedly with famed art critic and KCRW radio "Art Talk" host (and longtime friend of Studio of Style) Edward Goldman who concluded that the gowns at this year's Academy Awards were downright monotonous and could have used the inspiration of a Rudi Gernreich to "stir things up" once more on the red carpet!  Right on, Mr. Goldman!! That being said, we are advising anyone within driving distance to see this exhibition before it closes May 20 -- it's one of those things that we rarely get to experience in L.A. and it serves to remind everyone even remotely interested in fashion just how influential Gernreich, Moffitt and Claxton were in creating a look, a vibe, a style that still packs a punch to this day. And, yes, we too are asking the question: where are the hip, modernistic fashion designers in Tinseltown who are making the really exciting stuff? So, our hats off to MOCA and everyone involved in the MOCA Pacific Design Center show for showing us that "The Total Look" is always totally fabulous!
Read about the exhibition:
Images of Peggy Moffitt wearing Rudi Gernreich clothes © William Claxton. 
Images courtesy MOCA, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Edward Goldman: