by Olivia Wyland ’19 (Seton House)
Students from Trinity’s clothing class as well as teachers Ms. Lichty (De La Salle House), Ms. Stuart (Immaculata House), and Sister Susan (Immaculata House) traveled to the Dior Exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this December. The exhibition included colors and patterns, shapes and volumes, drapings, metallics, and embellishments. Ms. Lichty’s clothing class is learning about the history of clothing. Going to this exhibit showed the students how fashion changes throughout history.
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening,” said Coco Chanel. And it remains true to this day. The clothing class learned about designers Coco Chanel and Paul Poiret, and how their contributions to clothing and style influenced women’s fashion throughout the ages. One student thought a display was fascinating in that the dress, which appeared to be foldable, somewhat resembled a Japanese lantern.
Students also learned some fun facts on various subjects, such as the lighting and display of the exhibits. The garments are kept under a certain lighting because if it is too bright or warm, the clothing pieces will actually start to deteriorate slowly. It is facts like these that give us insight to the intricate ways in how much preparation went into this Dior Exhibition, and how much can be learned from the world of clothing and fashion.