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40 Years of Fashion History at Joyce's Anniversary Celebration

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Last week, a fashion event unrelated to fashion week, but with some of the same hype, went down in Hong Kong. The local papers and some magazines came with a special advertising cover, which simply stated the arrival of the 40th Anniversary of Joyce, a legendary Hong Kong fashion boutique that's dedicated itself to introducing the likes of Comme des Garcons, Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens and Proenza Schouler to the most fashion-forward women in HK.

The retrospective of Joyce's permanent collection is room after room of pieces from iconic collections, including a stunning parrot-shouldered 1992 piece by Oscar de la Renta, a 1982 geometric outfit from Sonia Rykiel, pleather pants by Karl Lagerfeld circa 1984 and a sparkling 1986 Thierry Mugler stunner. Also of note is a tiered Lanvin frock from 2002, which is obviously the original inspiration for some of the H&M collab pieces.

Since we just happened to be in Hong Kong last week, we stopped in on opening night to snap the above pics. For anyone who appreciates the evolution of fashion, it's a must visit, not to mention being a fun free evening activity. Plus there's all sorts of technology to play with; chip-embedded cards for each designer allow visitors to view examples of their other collections on an interactive surface.

The details: Joyce 40th "A Journey in Fashion"
Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences
No. 2 Cairne Lane, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
December 9-30; 10am-7pm (closed Mondays)
Free admission

After the exhibition ends in HK at the end of the month, it will travel to Shanghai early next year before concluding with some time in Paris during next Fashion Week.
· Joyce 40th Anniversary [Official Site]
· Roaring 40: Joyce Celebrates Anniversary in Style [South China Morning Post]