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February 6, 2005

'Wild: Fashion Untamed'


Currently up at New York's Metropolitan Museum (through March 13) in the ground floor Costume Institute, this show focuses on "man's ongoing obsession with animalism as expressed through clothing."

Gee - back in Paleolithic times they were still finishing up the Gucci and Prada flagship stores, so I guess our ancestors really didn't have a whole lot of choices, did they? But I digress.


The exhibition looks at the fur and feather fetish as well as the rise of the anti-fur movement, exemplified by PETA's wildly (!) successful campaigns against pelts and plumes.

You can see Alexander McQueen's "Amazon" dresses, Azzedine Alaïa's "Tigress" bodysuits, and Thierry Mugler's "Black Widow" architectonic constructions, among many other iconic creations.


Also on display are the fantastical feathered costumes worn by Las Vegas showgirls and "Birds of Paradise" creations by master milliners Philip Treacy and Stephen Jones.

As Calvin Klein once said, "You don't have to buy anything - just feel the fabric."


In this venue, though, best let your eyes do the caressing.

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