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Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color marshals some 80 ensembles for men, women, and children to reveal the many and often iconoclastic roles played by a hue often associated in this country with baby girls, bubblegum, and ballerinas. The garments on view date from the 18th century to the present day and represent both Western and non-Western cultures, such as India and Japan, where pink is no way gender specific.

The show is divided into two sections, a chronological introduction devoted to traditionally “feminine” pink garments (as well as toys and dress-up clothes), followed by a display organized around themes such as “Pompadour Pink,” showing the color’s popularity among both men and women in 18th-century Europe; the emergence of pink-for-girls and blue-for-boys (which could have gone the other way); and pink’s erotic connotations. Among the designers represented are Céline, Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons.