In the first “Trip Teaser“ blog, we like to confide with you about our experience from the exhibition with the unique name: Sew Long! Charts Slovak fashion in the period from 1945 until 1989, which we have visited in The Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava. In the beginning, we have to tell you, that the exhibition is very happy to welcome all curious eyes of Gallery visitors for FREE until 20th August 2017.
We have to confess; we looked forward to this show. We were curious about how many new patterns, materials, but mainly, how many particular pieces of clothes have survived the time and raised smiley memories to us 95‘ (95 is not, unfortunately, the waist/chest circumference but the year of birth). We looked forward to meeting after a long time at least a pair of „amazing“ red, white or strange brown tights, which we as kids “loved” thanks to their ability to stretch at heel and toe, until the person looked like with a kilometre foot.
No, we did not find the tights. Nevermind, they will appear in time, when we put them on our kids. Immortal as humanity itself! Oh, back to the exhibition. Under the communist fashion, we had imagined „Trenchcoat“ below knees, colourful berets and other „fashion fads“, which our moms, aunts, grandmas have in their wardrobes in the „older but wearable“ section at the time, when we as young children ran around in tightened leggings, and tracksuit trousers (with fairytale patches, of course) pull over the belly. Even though we have not been far from the truth, we were enchanted by the uniqueness of the exhibition. There are rooms with projectors and televisions showing fashion shows of that time, quotes from prominent fashion magazines, the sketches of male and female fashion, photos from Makyta! There are women with berets, big sunglasses, A-line skirts! Simply, unrepeatable experience. We have felt like in the fashion design studio.
The life-size figurines dressed in different kinds of dresses, suits and costumes lurked in almost every room. From the abridgement of the showed movie, we have got to know that The Zilina’s Community School allegedly changed „less skilled women“ to women who were able to make their chic fashion clothes. With the view at the outfits of the figurines, we stop and think, whether or not we saw the same pattern or skirts with the same striped figure a few days ago in window-case while walking the city. After all, retro is back „in“.
The fashion and historical phenomenon is strange to nobody. We meet quite a few foreign tourist, which came to see, how was the life at the other end of Iron curtain. They were looking with their mouth open at the accompanying text describing the film about beautiful gold – digger. They enjoy listening how the boring grey transferred to more patchworky colours, how sensibleness changed to style. They shake their heads with incredulity when an „old good MB car“ appears in the movie. The curator talks about the thriving textile industry, the principles „sew /knit/ crochet yourself, about the arrival of the materials. You can easily distinguish the foreign tourist very easily. The difference is if the person has in the eyes the shine of memories and nodes, or lap up every curator’s words with interest.
The exhibition has its Hall of Fame, which brings back the memories of the fashion magazines and their headlines, which you might also go through in the past. For a moment, we would like to have our parents and grandparents at the exhibition with us to listen the „tidbits“ and personal experience saying: „I wore this blouse at the grammar school“, or: „My mum knitted me exactly this sweater when I was young. If we talk about the sweaters, who does not have at least one knitted sweater? The traditional colourful knitted sweaters which have not only survived the time but come to fashion again has not escaped our curious eyes.
The exhibition is a unique art, cultural as well as historical experience. We highly recommend this visit to all age groups, not only for nostalgia but also for inspiration and education. Once to see is better than hundred times to hear.
Warning of fashion lovers: Do not visit this exhibition directly after you received desired salary or the scholarship. The desire to come „to only look“ in the nearby shopping centre is not small, furthermore, when shopping paradise with 50% discounts such as Eurovea or Aupark are close.