We’ve considered Pattie Boyd to be our spirit animal ever since we first dove into Wonderful Tonight, and when her autobiography wasn’t delivering delicious tales of her epic love triangle with George Harrison and Eric Clapton (we’re Team Harrison, for the record), we got a firsthand account of what is was like being a supermodel during the cultural revolution that took place during late ’60s and early ’70s. While the music of the time had plenty to say, in many ways the fashion said what lyrics couldn’t. And while we often find ourselves going down the Tumblr rabbit hole of blogs dedicated solely to the styles of Mick Jagger and Jean Shrimpton, the notion of being able to see the far out garb from these eras in person leaves us weary with excitement.
While it’s true that we love the sport of disappearing into the trenches of vintage shops hunting for hidden treasures, we’d much rather spend a weekend in Boston poring over the new “Hippie Chic” exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, which captures the golden years of the time, from 1967 to 1972. Never before have we seen such a sweeping display of the hippie fashion movement, as well as the designers who interpreted it: Missoni, Yves Saint Laurent, Ossie Clark, and our favorite American fashion-loathing designer, Barbara Hulanicki.
The pieces featured were hunted down by curator Lauren Whitley who really did her homework, tracking down items from fabled London boutiques such as Biba and Granny Takes a Trip, both rock star shopping mainstays of the time. There was also the authority that came from vintage issues of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. “I can’t tell you how many fashion magazines I looked at from the era,” Whitley told WWD.
But one of our favorite parts about the exhibit is that when you come face-to-face with the harlequin mannequins, it’s clear that no detail was spared, especially in the hair department. Thanks to a wig maker from the Boston Ballet, you can also observe replicas of Jagger’s shag (you know, the one that was just auctioned off for $6,000) and Marianne Faithful’s bangs.
View preview images of the exhibit below, and if you’re really looking to drink the electric Kool-Aid, visit the groovy threads in person sometime between now and Nov. 11 at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
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this is some kind of spaceship or something.