Dear Shaded Viewers,
Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion puts a focus on the significant acquisitions of the past ten years and is curated by Assistat Curator Jessica Regan with support from Curator in Charge Andrew Bolton. Among the pieces are iconic works of designers who have changed the course of fashion history and advanced fashion as an art form. 60 of these masterworks from the early 18th century to the present, the last acquisition show was blog.mode: addressing fashion, in 2007.
On view is a recently acquired John Galliano for Maison Margiela from 2015 paired with a Christobal Balenciaga gown from 1964. An Azzedine Alaia dress from 1994 juxtaposed with a Charles James evening dress from the 50’s, these are in the main Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery and organized chronologically displayed on packing crates.
The Carl and Iris Barrel Apfel Gallery features some of the ensembles donated by designers in honor of Harold Koda upon his retirement as Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute in January 2016.
Designers in the exhibition include Gilbert Adrian, Azzedine Alaïa, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Geoffrey Beene, Thom Browne, Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen), Antonio del Castillo (Lanvin-Castillo), Hussein Chalayan (Hussein Chalayan and Vionnet), Christian Dior, Tom Ford, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano (John Galliano and Maison Margiela), Nicolas Ghesquière (Balenciaga), Demna Gvasalia (Balenciaga), Charles James, Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons), Karl Lagerfeld (House of Chanel), Jeanne Lanvin, Christian Louboutin, Maison Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake, Paul Poiret, Zandra Rhodes, Yves Saint Laurent (House of Dior and Rive Gauche), Elsa Schiaparelli, Raf Simons (House of Dior), Hedi Slimane (Saint Laurent), Noritaka Tatehana, Philip Treacy, Iris van Herpen, Viktor Horsting and Ralph Snoeren (Viktor & Rolf), Gianni Versace, Madeleine Vionnet, Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm McLaren (Let it Rock), Jean-Charles and Jean-Philippe Worth (House of Worth), and Yohji Yamamoto.