“I always thought that fashion is really just another name for time, so I wanted to do an exhibition that was a meditation on fashion and temporality. I feel that fashion at the moment is grappling with ephemerality and impermanence and I thought that drawing out the tensions – between change and endurance and transience and permanence and persistence – might be a nice way to create more of a consciousness about fashion going forward.”
The Met Museum’s Costume Institute exhibition, About Time: Fashion and Duration, has been pushed back from Monday 4th May to October 29th in a sad but sensible Coronavirus-impacted move. Curator Andrew Bolton’s quote above muses on the exhibition’s theme, which is no doubt, um, timely.
Vogue has a few images of the exhibits which are beautiful, if slightly melancholic. This is one of the Costume Institute shows I’ve looked forward to most in recent years. I prefer the intellectual themes, although I did enjoy The First Monday in May film which documented the making of 2015’s China Through The Looking Glass show exploring China’s influence on fashion.
While I won’t be watching the Met Gala arrivals on Monday as I normally would, we can instead partake in Twitter’s hft Met Gala. Aka, a ‘High Fashion Twitter‘ virtual dress-up. (NYT has the deets.) Any takers?
WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
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