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If you’re a disco fan you don’t want to miss the Night Fever: Fashions from Funk to Disco exhibition at Dallas Galleria this week. 

With over 75 garments being featured, American, French, Italian and Japanese couture designers are represented.  Names as diverse as Halston, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Zandra Rhodes, Hanae Mori, Michaele Volbracht, Stephen Burrows, Oscar de la Renta, Lanvin and Anne Klein will grace the exhibition showcases. 

And if you’re thinking about the amazing shoes and accessories from that decade, the exhibition also offers a look at that too.

“There are great shoes, accessories and jewelry, which help define the overall fashion,” said Martha Hinojosa, Director of Marketing for Galleria Dallas, and the creative force behind Night Fever. “Each individual vitrine is accessorized with items that were pertinent in the decade, whether we’re looking at roller boogie fashions and skates or top record albums of the era.”

Hinojosa said this latest exhibition was chosen with a look at the 1970s and the many iconic styles from that era.

“These [styles] are now being reinterpreted in couture and ready to wear fashions,” she said. “However, as we began designing the exhibition boundaries, we found that there were so many great examples of social and political occurrences influencing style as well.  It really allowed us to create a multi-sensory experience to put guests in the 1970s.”

The exhibition is curated by vintage clothing expert Ken Weber, who owns Vintage Martini.

“The 1970s are all around us in fashion.  It could be just the pattern of a Gucci gown or the platform on a Marc Jacobs shoe,” said Weber. “Diane Von Furstenberg has built an empire around her famous wrap dress, which hit the scene in 1974 and is still here today.”

While there are many styles to look at, Hinojosa said the most popular design in the exhibition has been the Battle of Versailles display. 

“It’s a story that most people don’t know, and it reflects a time when American fashion was recognized as internationally relevant,” said Hinojosa.

The Night Fever exhibition is not the first fashion exhibition the Dallas Galleria has offered shoppers and it won’t be the last.  Last year’s Decadence: Fashions of the 1920s was a huge success, which was the impetus for the continuation of the fashion exhibition themes.

“We’re thrilled that Night Fever appears to appeal to a very broad age group too,” said Hinojosa.  “Of course, we knew we’d find guests in their 50’s and beyond who remember wearing these designs during the decade.  However, we’ve had student groups, young fashionistas and more visit the exhibition.  I love seeing multi-generational groups come through, where parents and even grandparents show children the styles they wore and what inspired them.”

Free to the general public, shoppers can see the exhibition this week located on the south end of Galleria Dallas on Level I adjacent to Banana Republic.

“We do hope that Night Fever brings new guests to Galleria Dallas, but we also recognize that fashion history is intertwined with our history as an iconic shopping destination,” Hinojosa concluded.  “We hope that by keeping the history of design and fashion front of mind, we encourage our guests to understand and appreciate how modern fashions in our over 200 retailers owe a debt to the fashion of eras like the 1970s.”

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