Friday, 9 May 2014

Think Pink!

We are all in the pink here - pink mopped sheep have been seen - construction cranes have pink lights - no-one goes out without something pink. One reason is the Giro d'Italia - rather like the Tour de France cycle race except with an Italian name and starting in Belfast.
The other reason is the Think Pink exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston which after an opening last October to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month is heading to its finale on 26 May 2014. So, if you are in the area, pop along.
From pinking shears to pink ribbons, the colour pink is associated with fashion and femininity; perhaps no other colour has as much social significance and gender association. This fascinating exhibition explores the history and changing meanings of the colour as its popularity ebbed and flowed in fashion and visual culture from the 18th century to the present day.
On show are clothing, accessories, graphic illustrations, jewellery, and a selection of dresses and accessories from the collection of the late Evelyn Lauder, who was instrumental in creating an awareness of breast cancer by choosing the colour pink as a visual reference.
Michelle Finamore, Penny Vinik Curator of Fashion Arts at MFA Boston will be giving a members-only talk on May 22 2014. For more information about the exhibition, click here.
In 1957 I went to the cinema for the first time with my sister who had just won a scholarship to Art School - the film was the wonderful musical Funny Face with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. I thought you might enjoy - or perhaps even remember - the iconic number Think Pink shown in the video clip below.

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