The Met’s Costume Institute Announces Fall 2016 Exhibition

Posted August 3, 2016 at 1:25 pm in Fashion

THE Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art’s Costume Institute presents Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion for its Fall 2016 exhibition which will feature some of the organisation’s most significant acquisitions of the last 10 years. Curated by Assistant Curator Jessica Regan, with support from Curator in Charge Andrew Bolton, the exhibition aims to present fashion as a living art that interprets and becomes history – and also inspires subsequent art.

Ball Gown, Viktor & Rolf (Dutch, founded 1993), spring/summer 2010; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2011 (2011.8) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna- Marie KellenBall Gown, Viktor & Rolf SS10. Photograph: Anna-Marie
Kellen, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The show will also explore how the department has honed its collecting strategy and acquired prestigious masterworks, including iconic works by designers who have shaped and changed fashion history.

Dress, Sarah Burton (British, born 1974) for Alexander McQueen (British, founded 1992), spring/summer 2011;The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2014 (2015.69) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna- Marie KellenDress, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen SS11. Photograph: Anna-Marie
Kellen, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ensemble, Raf Simons (Belgian, born 1968) for House of Dior (French, founded 1947), autumn/winter 2014-15 haute couture; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Christian Dior Couture, in honor of Harold Koda, 2016 (2016.256) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna- Marie Kellen
Ensemble, Raf Simons for House of Dior, AW14-15. Photograph: Anna-Marie
Kellen, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Key highlights will include approximately 60 fashion masterworks from the early 18th century to present. Each piece will be accompanied by an explanation of its significance within fashion history.

Ensemble, John Galliano (British, born Gibraltar, 1960) for Maison Margiela (French, founded 1988), spring/summer 2015; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of the Costume Institute Gifts, 2015 (2015.541) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna-Marie KellenEnsemble, John Galliano for Maison Margiela SS15. Photograph: Anna-Marie
Kellen, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Some recently acquired pieces will also be placed alongside pieces already in the collection to demonstrate the continuous influence of certain master couturiers and iconic historical silhouettes.

 

Ball Gown, Jean-Philippe Worth (French, 1856-1926) for House of Worth (French, 1858-1956), 1898; Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Paul Pennoyer, 1965 (2009.300.1324) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna-Marie KellenBall Gown, Jean-Philippe Worth for House of Worth, 1898 Photograph: Anna-Marie
Kellen, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Robe Volante, French, ca. 1730; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2010 (2010.148) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna-Marie Kellen
Robe Volante, French, ca. 1730. Photograph: Anna-Marie
Kellen, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

 by Rebecca Acres

Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion will exhibit at the Anna Wintour Costume Center, The Met Fifth Avenue, from  November 8, 2016 until February, 5, 2017

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