Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture

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The Museum of Arts and Design secured this historic exhibition, “Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture,” organized by the Bellevue Arts Museum and curated by Michael Cepress. Two floors of extraordinary, colorful, complicated and fascinating clothing are mostly supported by mannequins, plus there are photographs and videos of the period when “compounds” were favored living places and the “living was easy” outside of the mainstream. Some of the clothes are quite primitive, others worthy of center stage, but all are incredibly creative, colorful and reminiscent of the period during the Vietnam War when hippies and flower children reigned.

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The fun on each floor is seeing other visitors, many of whom arrive in their own current outfits mirroring the exhibition; which, of course, tells us that nothing on this planet is ever NEW!

Barbara Tober

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