I thoroughly enjoyed the Downton Abby movie. Set in 1927, the Crawley household goes into a frenzy to make sure everything is absolutely perfect for a visit by King George V and Queen Mary. It reminded me of my own brushes with royalty, directing their great granddaughter-in-law Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York for several Weight Watchers magazine covers.
I finally took a minute to check out Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color at the Museum at FIT. This thoughtful exhibit features approximately 80 pink ensembles from the 18th century to the present.
The exhibit touches on the association of the color pink and gender. Apparently, as late as the 1920s, public opinion was divided as to whether pink was for boys or for girls. The final decision seems to have been influenced by publicity surrounding millionaire Henry Huntington’s purchase of the paintings Blue Boy and Pinkie.
below, top-to-bottom: Fluorescent pink jumpsuit, Fiorucci, 1976 and men’s suit, Granny Takes a Trip, 1971. Pink toys and dress-up clothes for girls, 1950s to the present. Pink knit pussyhat, Women’s March on Washington, 2017