Donald Albrecht

Mod New York:
Fashion Takes a Trip

Museum of the City of New York

Co-curated with Phyllis Magidson

Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip explored the full arc of 1960s fashion, shedding new light on a period marked by tremendous and daring stylistic diversity. Featuring more than 70 garments drawn primarily from the Museum’s Costume Collection, the exhibition traced the dramatic transformation in clothing between 1960 and 1973, not only in length and silhouette, but also in materials and methods of textile manufacture. Works by designers as diverse as Mary Quant, Geoffrey Beene, and Pauline Trigère illuminated the communicative powers of fashion in the ’60s—reflecting cultural trends from Beatlemania to Pop and Op Art to infatuation with the “space race,” and social changes like the women’s liberation movement and the radicalism of the counterculture and antiwar movements. Also on display were fine and costume jewelry, shoes, handbags, design renderings, and photographs that captured the spirit of a creative and confrontational era. Accompanied by a 164-page catalog.

Mr. Albrecht worked with co-curator Phyllis Magidson, developed the show’s themes, selected artifacts, wrote exhibition text, identified and worked with the design team.

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Coverage in the New York Times, Vogue, and TIME. Social media included a Facebook Live interview.

Exhibition designer: Studio Joseph
Exhibition graphic designer: Yve Ludwig and Julie Fry
Catalog designer: Yve Ludwig
Photographer: Thomas Loof

Donald Albrecht