Week 12 – November 20: Fashion, Time, and Cultural Memory

The object I chose to analyze is a Fiorucci sateen flight suit from around 1976. It’s bright pink color is not exclusively female and the fit is not exclusively male. The FIT Museum website describes pink as the color that is “increasingly regarded as cool and androgynous” and this Fiorucci suit definitely reflects that statement. The 70s in America was a time when many people  were experimenting with  their gender and sexuality. This piece proposed a commentary on time and space by breaking the stereotype that only male pilots could wear flight suits. It would not be surprising to see a New York City Club Kid wearing this on a night out because they loved to cross dress and wear genderless outfits. Also the fact that this piece was made by Fiorucci, which was a popular brand that Manhattan Club Kids shopped at, justifies it’s intent of mixing gender norms. Based on the plaque that was describing the piece, my opinion and the designer’s are consistent. Redesigning the suit and making it pink could also be a statement about women being able to wear whatever they want and it questions why certain jobs are only held by men. I think the curators included this piece into the exhibit because it showed one moment when a designer decided to disregard gender norms and make a garment specifically for either gender. Because of the long pants and conservative top, anyone could wear it and feel comfortable about their body in it.

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