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Ball Gown, Viktor & Rolf (Dutch, founded 1993), spring/summer 2010: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2011

Photo: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna-Marie Kellen


Is Fashion Art? The Costume Institute’s Upcoming Fall Show Says Yes!

Since spring, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has put craftsmanship on a pedestal with its “Manus x Machina” exhibition, which explores the changing relationship between fashion and technology. The celebration of fashion as art, and as historical document, will continue in the fall with the museum’s upcoming exhibit, “Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion,” to open on November 8. Comprised of new acquisitions from the past 10 years, the exhibit will showcase silhouettes, techniques, trends, and materials from the 18th century through today.

“Our mission is to present fashion as a living art that interprets history, becomes part of the historical process, and inspires subsequent art,” said the Costume Institute’s curator in charge Andrew Bolton, who oversaw assistant curator Jessica Regan’s curation of the show, in a release. “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.”

Works will be displayed in packing crates, some pieces paired with historical clothing from the Met’s collection to further illuminate the connections between eras. Such is the case for a 2015 Maison Margiela gown by John Galliano, which will be placed beside a 1964 creation by Cristóbal Balenciaga, or a Halston dress from the ’80s that will be paired with a Vionnet piece from the ’30s.

The show marks the Costume Institute’s first acquisitions show since 2007’s “blog.mode: addressing fashion” and will run through February 5, 2017.




Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Fashion Trends

There were so many fashion trends spotted on the fall 2015 fashion week runways that our heads cannot stop spinning from it all. It was mayhem in a way, with each designer opting to utilize another trend entirely. We were treated to so much that we are sure that almost anything we wear now goes. And then we realize that just is not the case. While we may love the fashion shows we get to watch for about a month and a half, between New York Fashion Week and the one in London, and then comes Milan and finally we are given a taste of the Parisian brands on the catwalk, we also know that it can get frustrating trying to keep up with all the different looks that we can try on. While some are ludicrous for everyday wear, such as the bare chests or their barely covered up alternatives, others are beyond amazing, such as the velvet materials and the slits going right up the thighs. Yet when it comes to finding a single source that lists all the different looks in one place, we are at a loss. Which is where we come in; this article presents to you all the different fall/ winter 2015-2016 fashion trends spotted on the Fashion Week runways, between all four cities visited of late.








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