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Pink jewels on display in the Think Pink exhibit.

Pink jewels on display in the Think Pink exhibit.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Museum of Fine Arts is featuring the “Think Pink” Exhibit.

The exhibit explores the color pink from the eighteenth century until today. Everything from the clothes, accessories and images on display show the evolution of the color pink overtime.

Revealed on the wall in the entrance of the exhibit lies the words “pink is one of the most evocative colors in the spectrum. Stylish, symbolic, and immensely popular, its use and meaning have evolved over time.”

Pink has caused controversy over the years. In and out of style, it is a statement color; it has and always will be.

When you think pink what word comes to your mind? Femininity? Innocence? Vibrancy? Couture?

The correct answer is all of the above.

These gloves are from the year 1830. The scalloped edges are a classic design that adds a bit of elegance to any ensemble.

These gloves are from the year 1830. The scalloped edges are a classic design that adds a bit of elegance to any ensemble.

Beginning in the eighteenth century, the color pink was in such high demand that “jewelers backed paled stones with vibrant pink- colored foils to enhance their appearance.”

By the nineteenth century pink topaz specifically from Brazil was the “it” item in fashion.

Pieces similar to the necklace featured here were displayed in stores that are still

popular today such as Tiffany & Co. in New York City. Tiffany & Co has now

expanded and has stores all around the world.

Accessories such as hats and gloves with feminine touches were also big items in the eighteenth and nineteenth century.

The same goes for feathered head pieces. Feathers were huge in the nineteenth century and are used as statement pieces today.

Wise designer Coco Chanel once said “fashion fades, only style remains the same.” This is proved true in this exhibit. The exhibit focuses on the idea that pink is a unique color in the fashion industry.

This pair of Christian Louboutin shoes from 2005 take the classic red sole to a new level.

This pair of Christian Louboutin shoes from 2005 take the classic red sole to a new level.

Designers such as Christian Dior and Christian Louboutin place the color pink with sexuality and fecundity, meaning the color never goes out of style as long as it is used in the right way.

Through the eighteenth century until today, corsets have been used as sexy feminine pieces. Displayed in hot pink within the exhibit, these items can still be found in stores today such as Victoria Secret.

Women from the dawn of time have always been known to want to feel sensual while still holding their innocence. A Peignoir set designed by Gretchen Fenston in 1987 (currently on display in the exhibit) is one of the many pale pink silk pieces that can be found in lingerie stores today.

Last but definitely not least, pink dresses have only advanced over time. From slinky flapper dresses covered in fuchsia sequence, to floor length dresses made of breathable pale pink material, pink dresses will always be a feminine piece to add sugar and spice to every girls wardrobe.

The Think Pink exhibit is a must see for every fashionista. It will be on display until May of 2014, so be sure to make time to go appreciate the art that is the color pink in the fashion industry, yesterday, today and the future.

(Facts and images taken from the think Pink Exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts)

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