2 posts tagged "William Claxton"
“Oscar weekend brings out a lot of art lovers, and this is the best of art and fashion and celebrity,” curator Cameron Silver explains of The Total Look: The Creative Collaboration Between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt, and William Claxton, opening today. On display at MOCA Pacific Design Center in what is now a yearly Oscar weekend debut tradition (last year, Rodarte unveiled its Black Swan designs in the space), the collection celebrates a collaboration that found its roots in Los Angeles. “I can think of no other model/muse relationship,” Silver recalled of the iconic, boundary-pushing model and oft-referenced designer. “It was really collaborative—and then you bring in William Claxton [Moffitt's husband], who was taking the photos, and it was almost Peggy and her two husbands.”
The multimedia experience conveys some of Claxton’s most notable imagery (including never-before-seen pointillisms of Moffitt he produced before he died), in addition to a continuous reel of what some consider to be the first fashion film, The Total Look. But for Silver, Moffitt’s legacy lies in the 66-piece collection, which includes the one thing that started it all: the topless swimsuit. “It signifies the liberation of women in fashion and it’s such a hallmark in fashion history—it’s the birth of modern fashion.”