A large-scale retrospective has opened at the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Curator Jessica Reagan decided to tell the general public how the museum's collection of fashion, which is considered one of the most extensive and representative in the world, is growing. Therefore, each of the 60 exhibits is exhibited on a special wooden podium, reminiscent of huge packing boxes, in which new dresses and costumes arrive in the museum storage. This metaphor is also present in the title of the exposition "Unpacking Fashion" (literally "unpacking fashion").
Exhibition "Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion" © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Over the past ten years in the collection of the Metropolitan it appeared more than a thousand new pieces of clothing - from the power suit Demna Gvasalia of the autumn-winter collection of Balenciaga 2016-2017 dresses to the XVIII century, which could carry the heroine of the novels of Jane Austen. In a separate room is the personal collection of the former curator of the Costume Institute, Harold Coda, who, when he retired in September this year, bequeathed his fashion collection Harold Coda Gift to the museum.
1 of 9 Viktor & Rolf Dress, Spring / Summer 2010 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Anna-Marie Kellen Robe Volante dress, France, c. 1730 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Anna-Marie Kellen
Dress designed by Jean Philippe Worth for House of Worth, 1898
Alexander McQueen Dress by Sarah Burton, S / S 2011
John Galliano for Maison Margiela, spring-summer 2015
Raf Simons for Dior, haute couture fall-winter 2014-15
Suit, presumably from Great Britain, 1770-80
Philip Treacy, haute couture collection, spring-summer 2000 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Anna-Marie Kellen
The Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion exhibition runs until February 5, 2017.>