A ballgown presented as part of the Costume Institute's Fall 2016 exhibition.



The Met Announces Breathtaking New Costume Institute Exhibition

The Metropolitan Museum of Art just announced their fall 2016 Costume Institute exhibition, titled “Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion.” It will feature 60 pieces and tons of accessories, showing the various processes behind creating clothing since the 18th century. Garments from different eras will be paired together, showing their despite vast differences in time periods.

Yes, the annual exhibition does correspond with the ever-glamorous MET Gala. And while all the paparazzi photos and outfits are a yearly spectacle, don’t forget about the exhibits! The exhibits are always gorgeous! Remember the McQueen one? “Savage Beauty” indeed!

Of this year’s exhibition, held at the Met’s two-year-old Anna Wintour Costume Center, curator Andrew Bolton, said, “Over the seven decades since The Costume Institute became part of The Met in 1946, our collecting strategy has shifted from creating a collection of Western high fashion that is encyclopedic in breadth to one focused on acquiring a body of masterworks.”

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). Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Anna-Marie Kellen
A Viktor & Rolf ball gown.

The exhibition will include works from labels like Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons, Chanel, Dior, Saint Laurent and Viktor & Rolf.

The artifacts in the collection will be organized in chronological order while also presenting new additions, “to illustrate the enduring influence of certain master couturiers and iconic historical silhouettes,” according to a statement from the museum. To create the feeling that visitors are a part of the process, “ensembles [will be] shown in packing crates and on palettes, as though they have just arrived at The Met.”

As assistant curator Jessica Regan stated, “While fashion is often derided for its ephemerality, its quick responsiveness to change ensures that it is an immediate expression of the spirit of its time—a vivid reflection of social, cultural, and political circumstances, and of shifting ideals of beauty.” We can’t wait to see it.

Stay tuned to Milk for more on the Met. We love a trip uptown.

Images via the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

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