11 November, 2015:Â â€œViva Moschino!,â€ Americaâ€™s first retrospective of Italian designer Franco Moschino. The Mint Museum offers the opportunity to explore the social commentary of a man whose ironic social commentary openly refused fashion definition.
Franco Moschinoâ€™s fashion designs represent his knowledge and fondness for historic couture, especially the classic designs of Coco Chanel, as well as his deep interest in surrealism. The Mintâ€™s exhibition will show the range of style achievement and social commentary in Moschinoâ€™s oeuvre, a tremendous variety in such a short time span.
The exhibit includes many of Moschinoâ€™s best-known pieces, such as the Be Simple! Little Black Dress to a leopard and velvet couture coat from Fall/Winter 1993-94 recently worn by pop and R&B artist Rihanna as well as numerous others.
He was said to be a very anti-fashion system. He hated the fact that women were told to wear the latest fashions of the season, you had to have themâ€”thatâ€™s all driven by the fashion business that wants you to keep buying new so youâ€™re buying more. He hated that idea. So his idea was heâ€”just to sell his creationsâ€”he would show his work twice a year, but you could wear designs from 1983 with something from 1990.
You could wear his designs with designs by Jean Paul Gaultier, Dior, anyone elseâ€”he didnâ€™t care. He also on the runway showed t-shirts with fancy ball gown skirts. He was the first to show ball gowns on the runway with sneakers. He was the first to show all size models.
He proclaimed himself as a â€œpainter, a decorator.â€ He created various lines, from Moschino Couture! To Cheap n Chic, Moschino Jeans, as well as accessories.
Heâ€™s a fashion designer who has pretty much been left out of art/fashion/decorative arts history.Â Moschino died in 1994 from AIDS. Today, a portion of the Moschino profits fund the Moschino Foundation which helps HIV-positive children.
This would be indeed an amazing exhibition!!