This past Friday, March 2, I had the privilege of attending the members’ only opening engagement for “The Total Look: The Creative Collaboration Between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt, and William Claxton” at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Pacific Design Center location on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.
The line to get in was absolutely horrendous! We got in line at about 7:45 PM and did not get inside the museum until probably about 8:30-8:45 PM. At one point, people in line were even worried they wouldn’t be able to get in before closing. Fortunately, a security officer was walking around and alerted the crowd that they would in fact be able to get in as the museum/museum staff had decided to extend the event in order to accommodate all guests.
This metal neck piece was one of my favorite parts of the featured pieces. Granted, I wasn’t too much of a fan of the dress as a whole – perhaps the mannequin did not do this outfit justice, I still absolutely loved this collar and how this one metal piece was basically keeping that entire dress on the mannequin’s body.
Each and every one of the late Rudi Gernreich’s pieces were amazing. I could see myself wearing each and every one. I’m personally a huge fan of sixties/mod fashion, and Gernreich’s designs are iconic of that era. The late William Claxton’s photographs of Peggy Moffitt in Rudi Gernreich’s pieces were, in my opinion, unique, interesting, and well thought out. Claxton, Gernreich, and Moffitt definitely complement one another, and through this exhibit, you an see why they worked together for so many years before. One of the most interesting visuals in the exhibit was a video montage of Claxton’s photoshoots with Moffitt. You could tell how comfortable she felt posing for his camera and how easily she would let herself go (i.e. dancing, jumping, etc.) in order to get fun and interesting shots.
I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Peggy Moffitt herself, in the flesh, and taking a photograph with her! It’s a funny story, really. I had noticed her and said, “Wow, how cute! That lady dressed up to look exactly like Peggy Moffitt… Wait, isn’t that? That’s her, isn’t it?!” And yes, in fact, it was none other than the model herself. A small crowd had started to gather around her, so I was lucky to sneak in a photo op. with her. Please ignore my bangs – I wish I had time to fix them, but I was just too nervous and worried I’d miss the opportunity to take a photo with her! I love her immediate “model pose” as this photo was snapped. It must come so naturally for her – “what a pro!” Ah, this was definitely the highlight of my evening!
Peggy Moffitt’s outfit was absolutely adorable and very retro! I found it amusing how she manages to do her hair and make-up exactly as she had it in her old photographs to this day. Loved the clutch – note the piece where you’re supposed to slip your fingers through to hold onto it (at least, that’s what I believe it’s for). Anyone know the maker of this clutch, by the way?
This was definitely one of the more interesting opening engagements I have attended. I enjoyed the photographs, the designs, the model – everything just seemed to come together so well!
You can read more about the exhibit over at the MOCA website. If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area or close by, I definitely recommend for you to check out “The Total Look!”