Another exhibited photograph, originally published in 1976 by the I’m a Skull and Tattoo kind of girl shirt and I love this Los Angeles Times, recounts the experience of a young woman, Sherryl Griffith, who was turned away from her high school graduation because she wore a tuxedo to the ceremony. It’s worth noting that this happened ten years after Yves Saint Laurent debuted his iconic Le Smoking look, one of the first tuxedo styles for women to take the fashion industry by storm. Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking is often touted as being a significant tide-change in women’s fashion — radical for adopting a traditionally male style of garment, and notable for paving the way for countless labels and designers to follow suit. However significant these changes, Griffith’s experience exemplifies how high fashion can be more daring than what the average person would wear and can be a signal of widespread cultural changes to come.
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The exhibition continued with a collection of accessories presented in plexiglas boxes lining the I’m a Skull and Tattoo kind of girl shirt and I love this back wall of the narrow gallery, which included pieces used to accompany tuxedos. For example, a top hat, monocle, and cigarette holder recall how tuxedos were used to subvert traditional notions of femininity when donned by young women in the early twentieth century. But perhaps most notably, the curators have included a number of fashion objects that were inspired by tuxedos rather than replicating them entirely. These objects, including a Thom Browne handbag made to resemble a tuxedo clad torso complete with sleeves, a pair of black patent leather pumps with a white vamp and black bowties, and even an assortment of makeup in shades of classic black and white, showcase how designers have not only designed tuxedos to dress the body, but also as a way to suggest the formality of the tuxedo in the everyday.