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Pink organza floor-length dress with cascading center front rufflesThis dress is on view in the exhibition Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color.

Silk organza
Spring 2016, Italy
Gift of Gucci, 2016.93.1

Gucci’s Alessandro Michele was an early exponent of pink for both men and women. Pink is one of his favorite colors, and he has said that he enjoys finding different shades of pink in antique shops. Pink also fits the deliberate artificiality and maximalism of his aesthetic.

Ensemble of green pants with a long, beige mohair tunic and a taupe floor-length capeThis ensemble was on view in the exhibition Force of Nature.

Rick Owens
Cotton, linen, velvet, mohair, and leather
Fall 2016, France
Gift of Rick Owens Studio, 2016.92.1

Rick Owens contemplated the extinction of the prehistoric mastodon in his fall 2016 collection, in which he provided bleak commentary on potential environmental devastation. Shapes and colors of the mighty mastodon are suggested by the gray, crushed velvet cape and a furry, undulating angora mini dress — which is meant to give the illusion of evaporating.

Blue, lavender & white printed silk sleeveless ball gown with full skirt & train, fitted bodice, sweetheart neckline, low back, lavender grosgrain shoulder strapsThis dress was on view in the exhibition Black Fashion Designers.

Jon Weston
1955, USA
Gift of Audrey Smaltz, 2016.78.7

Jon Weston attended FIT and designed this gown for his 1955 graduation show. Audrey Smaltz modelled it, then wore it again in a 1961 Ebony advertisement. Weston struggled with fashion industry discrimination and had financial difficulties during the 1960s, but persevered to establish a successful studio on Seventh Avenue by the 1970s.

grey two-piece suit with backless topThis ensemble was on view in the exhibition Black Fashion Designers.

And Re by Andre Walker
Spring 2016, USA
Museum purchase, 2016.68.1

Self-taught designer Andre Walker said, “I was never afraid to come up with an idea that was totally impossible.” This ensemble is an abstraction of a classic khaki suit. It embodies what the New York Times describes as Walker’s “near telepathic ability to read the spirit of the moment.”