We saw some exhibits at The Perelman Building
, which is part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exhibit I really wanted to see was Hello! Fashion
The exhibit focuses on the Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto who, among other things, created the wardrobe for David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust stage persona. The outfits displayed are mostly from the 1970s.
The awesome outfit to the right
, ahem, *left* was described in the exhibit as consisting of a body suit
, and platform clogs
. Oh, yeah! Those are, like, the top four things you are always hoping are in an outfit, right? Wait. Those are the top four things that you wish *aren't* in your outfit. Ha!
Actually, though, I love the huge, graphic images he used in the outfit. The body suit is knitted (it looks sorta intarsia-y) and I'd totally buy a sweater (not a body suit) like it if I saw it at the store.
My favorite outfit, though was this "play set" which consists of shorts, a shirt, arm guards, leg guards ... oh, yeah, I almost forgot ... and a felt helmet. I'm not sure what sort of "play" you are supposed to engage in while wearing this outfit, but I totally want to find out!
The black and white print fabric is amazing. The red ties on the limb guards are a nice touch, too. It's actually an adorable outfit (for a 6-foot, skinny chick). But the helmet. Really? These are crappy phone pictures ... it's much more striking in person.
The exhibit had a handful of other interesting sartorial specimens on display. It was pretty cool. If you have a chance, check it out. And, while you're at it, spend some time in the Daido Moriyama: Tokyo Photographs
exhibit. It's awesome!