Sharon Tate as Icon: Fashion-Focused Exhibit Raises Questions
A new exhibit honoring actress Sharon Tate opened this weekend, timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the iconic Hollywood blonde's brutal murder by members of Charles Manson's "Family." ICON is described as a mixed media exhibition honoring the life and style of Tate which features the work of Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell. Included in this art and fashion-based showing are items from the actress' "never before revealed wardrobe," many of which were worn by model Lauren Hastings, who was photographed in the outfits.
But is this exhibit fitting? Blogger Julian Ayrs calls the show "macabre" in a recent posting and ponders: "Bizarre, yes! In good taste? You decide!" Just how we are meant to think of Tate is a oft-posed question: "Is it possible to remember her now as the free-spirited natural beauty who prided herself on wearing the shortest miniskirts in town, instead of as the victim of a horrific crime?" asks the LA Times in a writeup of the exhibit.