Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion In An American Counterculture
Exhibition, MAD, New York, USA.
Celebrating the handmade fashion and style of the 1960s and 1970s, often referred to as the hippie movement, the counterculture swept away the conformism of the previous decade and professed an alternative lifestyle whose effects still resonate today. Counter-Couture exhibits garments, jewellery, and accessories by American makers who crafted the very reality that they craved, on the margins of society and yet at the centre of an epochal shift. The works on display encompass the ethos of members of a generation who fought for change by sewing, embroidering, quilting, patchworking, and tie-dyeing their identity, embracing and contributing to the establishment of a craft and folk sensibility in a seminal moment for the development of American Craft.