Dallas Gets Disco Fever With New Fashion Exhibit

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We sat down with co-owner of Vintage Martini, Ken Weber, and talked inspiration, style and all things 70s. The vintage guru gave us a peek into his fabulous vintage filled life and his second collaboration with Galleria Dallas featuring 75 authentic garments and accessories from this iconic decade. The exhibit opened on Sept. 20 and will be on display through Nov. 1 at the shopping epicenter.
Curated by Ken Weber of Vintage Martini, Night Fever features a diverse collection of American, French, Italian and Japanese couture designers, including work by Halston, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Stephen Burrows, Giorgio Sant’Angelo, Hanae Mori, Yves Saint Laurent, Chloe and Roberto Cavalli. Many of the garments will be on loan from the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design Texas Fashion Collection, one of the world’s most acclaimed fashion collections.
DFW Style Daily: Who are the featured designers in this exhibit?
“Our main focus is of course Halston. However, you will also see many great designers featured including Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Zandra Rhodes, Hanae Mori, Michaele Volbracht, Stephen Burrows, Oscar de la Renta, Lanvin and Anne Klein.”
Zandra Rhodes_Courtesy of the Texas Fashion Collection
In which ways do 70s fashion statements stick with us today?
“There were so many styles that came out of the 1970s that have become staples in everyone’s wardrobes. We see that decade reflected in the carefree, easy bohemian chiffon dresses or the Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress. They were feminine and easy to wear, not as structured and constricting as fashion styles from other decades.”
In your opinion, which major events and movements in the ’70s contributed to the style?
“It was the decade of baby boomers. The children that grew up during the war now had the freedom and money to play. It was also a time for the liberation movements of women, gays and African Americans. Music and dance were pushed to the forefront and the discotheque was born. All of this played a huge part in the movement of fashion throughout the 1970s.”
What inspired this exhibit?
“Galleria Dallas created the idea of launching these fashion exhibitions as an entertaining opportunity to educate the community on fashion. It is really amazing to create a museum-quality exhibition and offer it free of charge to the general public.  After the success of last year’s show, “Decadence: Fashions from the 1920’s”, I was ecstatic when I received the call from Galleria Dallas Director of Marketing Martha Hinojosa inviting me to collaborate on the curation of another show.”
Which is your favorite iconic style from the 70s?
“It has to be Diane Von Furstenberg’s wrap dress which was introduced in 1974. It’s amazing how such a simple design would become the most iconic dress of not only the 1970s but of the 20th century. It’s a design that will never go away.”
Guests will enjoy seeing how fashion evolved during this era through the eyes of designers and made famous by the decade’s iconic social scene including Cher, Bianca Jagger, Jerry Hall, Liza Minelli, Farrah Fawcett and Diana Ross. Visitors at Night Fever will be transported back in time through a sensory explosion of music, light, video, imagery, and of course, amazing fashion. The exhibit will be on display through
Images courtesy of Galleria Dallas.
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