Dear Shaded Viewers,
The Met celebrates 150 years of fashion and About Time: Fashion and Duration 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. The artist, photographer, designer attended the opening and along with the photos I posted yesterday he did these drawings of a few of his favorite pieces. I also posted some of his stories on my IG 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.