MASTERWORKS Unpacking Fashion

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What is it all about: a feature of significant acquisitions of the past 10 years.

Where is it happening: TheMet Fifth Avenue Anna Wintour Costume Center, New York, US.

The message: Just in time the new fashion must-see of the Costume Institute opens it’s doors. This fall’s program is an exhibition that will highlight approximately 60 of these masterworks from the early 18th century to the present, which The Costume Institute has acquired since its last acquisitions show, blog.mode: addressing fashion, in 2007.

Each object—primarily women’s wear, as well as some men’s wear ensembles and a selection of accessories—will be accompanied by an in-depth explanation of its significance within the canon of fashion history. Some newly acquired objects will be paired with pieces already in the collection to illustrate the enduring influence of certain master couturiers and iconic historical silhouettes.

Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion fashion feat. Viktor & Rolf
Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion fashion feat. Viktor & Rolf
Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion fashion feat. Raf Simons for House of Dior
Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion fashion feat. Raf Simons for House of Dior
Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion fashion feat. John Galliano for Maison Margiela
Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion fashion feat. John Galliano for Maison Margiela

On board: The show, curated by Assistant Curator Jessica Regan with support from Curator in Charge Andrew Bolton, will explore how the department has honed its collecting strategy to amass masterworks of the highest aesthetic and technical quality, including iconic works by designers who have changed the course of fashion history and advanced fashion as an art form.

First impression: “Our mission is to present fashion as a living art that interprets history, becomes part of the historical process, and inspires subsequent art,” said Mr. Bolton.

Designers in the exhibition will include Azzedine Alaïa, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen), Hussein Chalayan,Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, Christian Dior, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (Dolce & Gabbana), Tom Ford, Jean Paul Gaultier, ###COL### Nicolas Ghesquière (Balenciaga),Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garcons), Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel), Elsa Schiaparelli and many more ...

Side information: The exhibition opened it’s doors on November 18, 2016, and will be open for the public through February 5, 2017. More on: metmuseum.org/FashionMasterworks

#FashionMasterworks Picture credits: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo by Anna-Marie Kellen