Alexander McQueen for Givenchy Haute Couture, Fall/Winter 1999; Evening dress; painted silk chiffon, France, gift of Susan

Exhibition in FIT - Fashion and Textile History Gallery, New York, USA.
RetroSpective explores fashion’s relationship with its own history. With the speed of the fashion cycle faster than ever and a constant drive for newness, the past is still often used as a point of reference. Many contemporary designers embrace looking back at fashion history as a fundamental part of the design process, thereby creating inventive and modern re-interpretations of everything from crinolines to 'flapper' dresses. Featuring more than 100 garments, accessories, and textiles from the Museum’s permanent collection, a selection of fashions that reference historical periods prior to the 18th century begin the show, followed by groupings of period fashions— from 18th century to grunge and their more recent revivals.