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In MOCA's exhibit, Claxton's black-and-white and color prints both illustrate Gernreich's forward-thinking designs.
In 1967, Gernreich, Moffitt and model Léon Bing appeared on the cover of Time. The white dress with plastic inserts that Moffitt wore is on display at MOCA.
We're looking back to the future of fashion with a new free show at MOCA Pacific Design Center. "The Total Look" focuses on edgy clothing and images that seem as relevant today as they did in the 1960s.
Subtitled "The creative collaboration between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt and William Claxton," the show could be nicknamed "the designer, his muse and her photographer." Galleries are packed with clothes--more than 60 outfits, many exhibited for the first time--as well as iconic images Claxton took of his wife, Moffitt, bending, jumping and staring out of kohl-rimmed eyes and heavy black bangs.
Our favorite element in the show--on view through May 27--is the billboard-sized projection of Claxton's 1967 "Basic Black," in which Moffitt and model Léon Bing vamp through what's been called the first fashion video.
Gernreich's signature scandalous outfit is here--1964's widely banned topless one-piece bathing suit. But what turns us on the most is walking amid the mannequins and recognizing design elements in vogue today: a bit of pattern-on-pattern here (so Prada), a little silk pajama there (hello, Louis Vuitton). The show is a rollicking fashion party--and we're all invited.
MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; 213-626-6222 or moca.org
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