A Peek into a Costume Collection: Bonnie Cashin at the Museum at FIT

http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/view/objects/asitem/People$00402766/3/dynasty-desc?t:state:flow=cccb96b8-b458-4bc6-8c4a-96eddcc50f4c
Silk,1959 http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/view/objects/asitem/People$00402766/3/dynasty-desc?t:state:flow=cccb96b8-b458-4bc6-8c4a-96eddcc50f4c

I DREAM of finding Bonnie Cashin clothing at a used clothing store–priced by someone who does not know what they actually have.  This has not happened yet. So, the next best thing is to take a peek into some Bonnie Cashin pieces at a museum in New York: The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Bonnie Cashin was one of the early (mid-century modern) designers of true, practical active wear for women. These are casual clothes that are bright and comfortable—it is hard to believe that women were just a few years away from stuffing themselves into rubbery girdles to fit Dior’s New Look inspired waistlines!

Black wool jersey doubleknit and leather with skirt, wool tweed http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/view/objects/asitem/People$00402766/6/dynasty-desc?t:state:flow=dd07d806-f1ed-487d-8ac4-b68f080ab8ed
Black wool jersey doubleknit and leather with skirt, wool tweed
http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/view/objects/asitem/People$00402766/6/dynasty-desc?t:state:flow=dd07d806-f1ed-487d-8ac4-b68f080ab8ed

This dress –well, a blouse (1966) + skirt (1961)–is something that you could completely see on a runway right now. I’m actually surprised that Anthropologie hasn’t copied this tweed skirt (1961) yet.

 

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Leather, 1967
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Slubbed linen and leather,1965 Fabric designed by Dorothy Liebes

And these bags look a little Kate Spade-ish (maybe you have to remove the fringe from that last one). Cashin designed these for her Coach line: Cashin Carry.

Leather, 1965 http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/view/objects/asitem/People$00402766/7/dynasty-desc?t:state:flow=687793db-3001-4e28-8960-4fdb23ec7d35
Leather, 1965 http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/view/objects/asitem/People$00402766/7/dynasty-desc?t:state:flow=687793db-3001-4e28-8960-4fdb23ec7d35

 

 

The collection at the Museum at FIT is well represented on their website and the site is very easy to navigate. You can click into it here. 

99.56.1_20101214_01_webEnjoy!