Fashion is not the first topic that comes to mind when thinking about things to learn from this year of COVID-19. But Zoom-school leggings and the quarantine of the 15-kaftan are the driving forces “Fashion in the Residence,” new exhibition from UNT Texas Fashion Collection on display in Dallas’ NorthPark Center.
In the past year, organizers say, comfort has become one of the most attractive features of people’s wardrobes, but this is not the first time social changes have affected personal clothing choices in the home.
“From turning homes into places of entertainment during the Prohibition in the 1920s to the COVID-19 pandemic turning our living spaces into premier sites for relaxing, our wardrobes have long responded to the changing demands of our time,” said Annette Becker, director. Texas Fashion Collection at the North Texas University of Visual Arts and Design, in a release.
The displays – which can be seen through June 6 – track design innovations and cultural changes associated with style at home over the past century, they said. It showcases 14 women’s clothing styles by designers Lilly Pulitzer, Emilio Pucci, Geoffrey Beene, Texas native Todd Oldham, Hanae Mori, and more.
“In American popular culture, advances in clothing at home have empowered women to gently challenge the boundaries of acceptable clothing,” says Becker. “While panty-wore women were not widely accepted until the 1970s, hostess ensembles since the 1920s were a bifurcation. When television flooded American homes in the 1950s, designer Claire McCardell designed the first ‘television suit’, an ensemble between home dresses and evening pajamas.
“And the sexual revolution of the late 1960s pushed underwear out of the bedroom and onto the pages of fashion magazines, enlivening choice in intimate clothing.”
“Fashion in Residence” is displayed between Neiman Marcus and Dillard on the first floor of the shopping center; Free admission.