Marc Jacobs
/ The New Look
Examining the topic of historicism from many theoretical angles in relationship to her 2004 exhibition, Malign Muses: When Fashion Turns Back, curator Judith Clark discussed the ways in which the past haunts the present: "It is about quotation, about history as muse, and the problematic relationship with repetition."

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Marc Jacobs’ design is similar in construction to a 1950s couture dress, but its deliberately disheveled styling modernizes the proper, polished, and pulled-together fashions of the mid-20th century.

Marc Jacobs
Evening dress
Black silk chiffon, tulle, re-embroidered lace
Spring 2008, USA
The Museum at FIT, 2010.89.1
Gift of Marc Jacobs