For my birthday this past Sept 30th, a good friend took me to see the History Of Fashion exhibit here in Los Angeles at LACMA, my favorite local museum. I recommend at least an entire day. It’s huge, at least 3 stories & numerous buildings holding 100,000 objects dating from ancient times to the present. It’s the largest art museum in the western United States. But before we got started on the museum we had lunch at their restaurant located in the central courtyard, Pentimento. It’s one of my favorite places to eat in all of Los Angeles. I’m a bit of a food snob too so my standards are pretty high. We sat outside on a beautiful relaxing sunny day. Their salads are amazing, but I’ve never had anything there that wasn’t great. I had their warm pear salad with caramelized walnuts and goat cheese and a decafe iced mocha, Donnel had a bowl of their homemade chilli. Both were great!
On to the clothing…I shot these photos with my trusty iPhone. I also had my 1952 Rolleiflex with me but that’s black and white and too slow of a process to post on a blog. Some of the photos are a bit grainy and blurry, no flash was allowed. They don’t compare, of course, to the beauty in person of the fine fabrics and quality workmanship. Truly an art form. If you can make it to LACMA you should see the clothing in person.
Another reason this show should be seen in person is the scale. They’re all so tiny. It’s a step back in time. You can almost feel as if you’re standing next to the people who wore them so long ago. I’m used to the vintage clothing I sell at Posh Girl being small, because all humans were smaller back then due to our diets that are heavy in protein and fat that has increased over the years, but people were even smaller all those many years ago. Short and thin. The average mannequin was about aprox 4’10″or so. Even the men’s clothing were not much taller or bigger than the women’s. Allot of the items were French, who tend to be shorter anyway, even now. I went to Paris for my 29 th birthday and at 5’3″ I actually felt average to a bit tall. It was really nice!
I’ll add more photos over a few days or weeks. The collection was pretty large.