About Time: Fashion and Duration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dear Shaded Viewers,

This is the third post on the The Met’s current exhibition: About Time: Fashion and Duration which traces 150 years of fashion from 1870 to today. The philosopher Henri Bergson is the point of departure with his concept of la duree – the continuity of time. My dear friend Miguel Villalobos sent me drawings he did while at the opening of About Time yesterday.  I also posted some of his stories on my IG (IG asvof) where you could hear the ‘ghost narrator’ Virginal Woolf. Louis Vuitton sponsored the exhibition with the help of Conde Nast.

About Time: Fashion and Duration considers the ephemeral nature of fashion, employing flashbacks and fast-forwards to reveal how it can be both linear and cyclical,” said Max Hollein, Director of The Met. “The result is a show that presents a nuanced continuum of fashion over the Museum’s 150-year history.”

Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, said: “Fashion is indelibly connected to time. It not only reflects and represents the spirit of the times, but it also changes and develops with the times, serving as an especially sensitive and accurate timepiece. Through a series of chronologies, the exhibition uses the concept of duration to analyze the temporal twists and turns of fashion history.”

The 2020 Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, originally scheduled for Monday, May 4, 2020, will not take place this year due to the global health crisis. The event serves as The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements.


Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.