By Amina Nazarli
The Baku-based Heydar Aliyev Center, which has already turned into a contemporary art hub, will display clothes and jewelry of the 1960s "Modernism and Fashion" by the Alexander Vasiliev Foundation.
The exhibition scheduled for October 5 will be held in Baku for the first time with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. The event will showcase 100 samples of clothing and 350 accessories, dating back to the 1960s, from the unique collection of the Alexander Vasiliev Foundation.
Among the exhibits are rare dresses of Haute Couture made in the atelier of the world famous designers - Chanel, Dior, Balmain, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Nina Ricci, Cardin, Couregge, Laroche, Cassini, and Valentino.
The 1960s is considered the most revolutionary decade of the last century. The unexpected revolutionary nature of this period created changes in society, and at the same time, in the fashion world. The first flight into space of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961 and the first woman-cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova in 1963 left a mark on the world of fashion and fashion designers of Paris turned to the space theme. The era of cosmic fashion, reflected in the form of shoes, hats and other accessories, was completed after the first landing of Americans on the moon in 1969. The exhibition in the Heydar Aliyev Center will present a lot of copies of clothes, shoes and hats, reflecting these futuristic ideas.
The exposition will also feature rare dresses from the personal wardrobe of famous women of that period - movie stars Mary Pickford, Gloria Svenson, Leslie Caron and Lauren Bacol, and prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya.
The exhibition has already traveled to Sydney, Istanbul, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Riga and Daugavpils. However, for the first time in Baku the exhibition will be held in such a large space.
Alexander Vasiliev is a well-known collector, fashion historian, art critic, interior decorator, theater artist, author of books and articles on this subject, TV host of some TV programs, member of the Russian Academy of Arts, founder of the international interior prize "Lilies of Alexander Vasiliev". His collection consists of more than 50,000 exhibits from the 17th century to the present.
The Alexander Vasiliev Foundation, established in Vilnius in order to promote culture and fashion history in Lithuania and other countries, operates in the field of education, as well as with the aim of preserving, expanding and presenting to the public a collection consisting of costumes, accessories, paintings, graphics, photographs, works arts and crafts and various publications.
The exhibition will last until April 8, 2018.
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