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Hippie happening at the MFA, Boston

At tonight’s opening reception of the Hippie Chic exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, curator Lauren Whitley encouraged attendees to be inspired by the exhibition and approach their wardrobe with creativity and a sense of fun, as hippies did. I think that’s something my fellow bloggers have taken to heart long ago.

I had planned to give you a tour of the Hippie Chic exhibition, which I previewed last week. But that would have made this post ridiculously long. So this is just about the party.

The Museum had two psychedelic painted VW buses parked out front to be used as photo opps

As predicted Lauren was the belle of the ball in her bright turquoise Mexican wedding dress. She had purchased a vintage maxi online to wear to the opening. Turns out it didn’t fit her. So I told her I’d find a dress for her in the vintage wonderland that is Frocktasia’s stockroom (you can see the dress behind me here) and brought it back from London. I must have had at least 20 people at the opening, including Lauren's mother, tell me how perfect that dress was for her (word had gotten out that I had a hand in its acquisition).

Lauren’s online purchase did not go to waste--I wore it. We both wore flower crowns that we made from flowers left over from a headpiece the Museum designer made for one of the mannequins in the exhibition.

My dapper escort Chris in a vintage seersucker suit and embroidered shirt. I made his boutonnière.

Lauren looks so beautiful, like a Scandinavian fairy princess. I usually go for an ‘ethnic’ or ‘medieval’ hippie style in earth tones, but I quite like this romantic look on me.

I was reminded of this photo taken at the opening of an exhibition I curated at the MFA, Boston, 17 years ago. I found the off-white satin Richard Tyler jacket that Lauren is wearing at Filene’s Basement. So, we have a long history of finding clothes for each other!

Throughout the evening, a number of people asked to take our photo. Check out Boston fashion and lifestyle blogger, Chynna Pope's post here. We're her "favorite Hippie couple of the night."

I worked at the MFA for 14 years and haven’t been to an opening there in at least a decade. So, I was catching up with folks and forgot to take party pics.

One of my favorite looks at the opening was worn by Barbara, who heads the Education Department. Her sister made this dress from an Indian block-printed bedspread in 1970.

Another Museum employee borrowed this hand-embroidered blouse from a colleague who made it in 1970.

The end of the evening.

Lauren singing along to Joni Mitchell, which the DJ was playing. By the end of the evening, she was a bit punch-drunk from being ‘on’ all day.

Late 1960s/early 1970s maxi by Young Innocent by Arpeja, borrowed from Lauren. Flower crown made by me. Victorian velvet bag I’ve owned since the late 1960s/early 1970s. Vintage necklaces. 'Natural Comfort' platforms with lengths of purple chiffon tied to them, thrifted. After the opening, Chris and I went to get some vegan ice cream at FoMu. I chose the flavor ‘Chocolate magic bar’ (chocolate ice cream with graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips and coconut flakes) which seemed a hippie sort of flavor.

Squeaking in under the wire for the party over at Visible Monday. And how can I not link to Spy Girl's 52 Pick-me-up: 70s Flashback.

Reader Comments (8)

That exhibition looks every bit as good as I imagined. Please how us some photos, I promise I would be bored!
You look exceptional, Lauren's dress fits you beautifully and I'm not surprised you got papped. The three of you have hardly changed.
Love Barbara's block printed hand-made dress! xxx

July 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVix

Wow, you all look so amazing!
I can’t get over how perfect that frock looks on Lauren; Scandinavian fairy princess describes it perfectly, so beautiful. You obviously have the magic touch when it comes to personal shopping my dear. Can I just also say that you absolutely rock the Romantic Hippie look in that fantastic Young Innocent by Arpeja frock, loving the tiered effect and the print & colours are utterly gorgeous. Chris looks super dapper in his vintage seersucker suit and embroidered shirt get-up and both the photos of the three of you are fabulous. Barbara’s bedspread frock is stunning and I’m not surprised that was one of your faves. I bet a fab eve was had by all at the opening reception and I hope the exhibition will be a huge success, from what I have seen already it truly deserves to be…xXx

July 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennie

Wow, what a fabulous party! I wore dresses like these in the 70's and they look gorgeous to me still. All three of you look so joyous and capture the moment. Thanks for sharing the fun with Visible Monday!

The dress you got from Jennie is beautiful and just perfect on Lauren, and hers is a dream on you - funny how things work out, isn't it? Love seeing the old pic of the three of you too!
The exhibition looks great, and I do like Barbara's dress very much. xxx

July 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

Your outfit is just perfect! I love that people were wanting to take your photo, as they were getting a shot of the real thing. I love the concept of this exhibition.

July 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie

You and all your friends look fantastic!! This looks like such fun :)

July 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPinkCheetahVintage

I wish I'd been there with you! How fun, and you kids got it right. As one who was there in the era, I know of what I speak. (Even as I say that, I understand my age (ancient) is revealed, yet again!)
And how nice to have old friends who join you in your favorite activities. You both look far out and extremely groovy!

July 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan Graham-McMillen

This is a fantastic addition to the 52 Pick-me-up 70's party. Love it! You two make an adorable hippie couple.
Fun to see all the 70's treasures unearthed from peoples' closets!

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranne the SpyGirl

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