#4: Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Colour, The Museum at FIT (7 Sep)
Another fashion exhibition will be gracing the Big Apple this fall, this time hosted by The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. “Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Colour” will explore the titular colour in all its glory.
We know pink as the most ‘girly’ of all colours, associated with all things feminine, while blue is the antithesis, and mostly used in reference to boys. However, the significance, symbolism and representation of this shade have varied greatly across time, and across different locations. For example, in the 18th century, it was perfectly appropriate for a man to wear a pink suit, and in cultures such as India, men never stopped wearing pink.
Pink has grown to become a highly divisive and ambivalent colour – though it retains its sweet, innocent and romantic essence, it is now increasingly used in a cool, androgynous and even political way (just look at the pink pussy hats worn at the Women’s March). In the words of Kanye West, “Why would anyone pick blue over pink? Pink is obviously a better colour.”
“Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Colour” will run from 7 September 2018 to 5 January 2019 at The Museum at FIT, New York. Admission is free.