Pretty Pretty Peggy Moffitt by Phil Pinto
Stepping in the history of fashion, New York based movie maker and visual artist Phil Pinto takes us to the house of 60’s legendary model Peggy Moffit. It is with care and attention that we listen and follow a woman who has been famous for incarnating a certain spirit of surrealism and new experiences with her bowl cut, heavy make up and fake eyelashes. Married to the famous Jazz and fashion photographer William Claxton, she was also fashion designer Rudi Gernreich’s muse and model.
The trio’s collaboration is celebrated in The Total Look exhibit at MOCA’s Pacific Design Center, which closed this yesterday Curated by Cameron Silver and co-curated by Jhordan Dahl and Ethel Seno, the show features 55 head-to-toe ensembles by Gernreich, culled from Moffitt’s personal collection of 400 pieces, alongside Claxton’s era-epitomizing photos and his 1967 short Basic Black, starring Moffitt and widely considered to be the first fashion film. Hoping to see this exhibition travel, let’s step for a moment into their world through the eye of Phil Pinto.