This past weekend in Los Angeles, I caught the exhibit at The Museum of Contemporary Art‘s little satellite at the Pacific Design Center. It’s called The Total Look: The Creative Collaborations Between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt and William Claxton.
Covering a period from the mid-40s through the mid-70s (but feeling very 60s throughout), the exhibition blends photography, film and fashion design into a flirty and engaging presentation. I love how contemporary so many of the pieces look (minus, perhaps, the polyester cohort in the back corner), but the showstopper by far is the film footage amassed from several photo shoots. Peggy Moffitt is non-stop with imaginative poses.
You can see what made her an icon (not to mention a slew of Rudi Gernreich’s designs, up close) at the MoCA until May 27, 2012. Suggested donation is $5. Oh and no cameras– this last shot was snapped right before I got in trouble with security.