‘About Time’

The Met announces its big Costume Institute show for the year – “About Time: Fashion and Duration.”

Is it a case of great minds thinking alike? Far be it from us to compare ourselves with The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, but the museum is doing an exhibit on time – the subject of our December issue.

Yesterday, The Met announced its big Costume Institute show for the year – “About Time: Fashion and Duration” – at a press conference at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, home of sponsor Louis Vuitton. Nicolas Ghesquière, artistic director of Women’s Collections at Louis Vuitton, joined Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue and artistic director of Condé Nast; Max Hollein, Met director; and Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu curator in charge of The Costume Institute to describe a show that will plumb the way fashion mixes time periods in galleries of black-and-white creations that emphasize shifting silhouettes amid clock motifs.

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

Added Bolton: “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 will use the concept of duration to analyze the temporal twists and turns of fashion history.”

In celebration of the opening, The Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, will take place on May 4. Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emma Stone will join Ghesquière and Wintour as co-chairs.

For more, visit metmuseum.org.

– Georgette Gouveia


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