Hippie Chic Heaven

Talk about a time warp.

Last weekend, I had a chance  to see the Hippie Chic exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts.  Held in the Lois B. and Michael K. Torf gallery, the vibrant space features a collection of psychedelic ensembles from the 1960s and 70s. In addition to the visual delights on display, visitors are treated to a jukebox tuning out classic sounds of the era, from the likes of the Beatles to Janis Joplin. After spending a few minutes in the room, I felt transported  to the land of rebellious thinkers and free spirits.

Hippie Chic, MFA, Exhibition, 60s fashion,

Some initial reactions from the exhibit:

  • Floral-print gowns look fierce 
  • There’s no such thing as too much color
  • Shag carpets belong in my apartment
  • The jukebox creates musical magic 

The  fun and fresh layout of the gallery enhanced the beauty on display. My eyes gravitated towards each mannequin, and I was lost in admiration over the intricacy of the designs. Soon it got me thinking about the characters behind the clothes. If fashion has always been a reflection of one’s identity, were the people of the hippie era as daring as their wardrobe choices? Or perhaps they were merely your average Joes looking to escape from a conformist lifestyle? If you haven’t already,  go check out the exhibit before it ends in November.  What better way to explore history than to raid its closet?

Since style has its critics, how do you feel about the defining hippie trends? Do any icons come to mind as the face of this pop-culture-tastic movement?

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