The MET will “unpack” fashion

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The Costume Institute’s Autumn 2016 exhibition, Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion, will open in the Anna Wintour Costume Center on 8 November, 2016. The show will feature significant acquisitions of the past ten years and explore how the department has put together a collection of significant works, including iconic pieces by designers who have changed fashion history. Amsterdam-based couple Viktor&Rolf are one of those.

The show, curated by Jessica Regan and Andrew Bolton will showcase pioneering fashion that has changed art and design. The significance of these innovations within the canon of fashion history will be clearly demonstrated in this exhibition.

During the seven decades since The Costume Institute became part of The Met in 1946, the curation of the collection has shifted from creating a collection of Western high fashion that is encyclopedic in breadth to one focused on acquiring masterworks.

“Our mission is to present fashion as a living art that interprets history, becomes part of the historical process, and inspires subsequent art,” said Mr. Bolton. “Over the seven decades since The Costume Institute became part of The Met in 1946, our collecting strategy has shifted from creating a collection of Western high fashion that is encyclopedic in breadth to one focused on acquiring a body of masterworks.”

Highlight will include masterworks from the early 18th century to the present. The Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery will be organised chronologically with ensembles dramatically displayed in packing crates.

Image: Ball Gown, Viktor & Rolf (Dutch, founded 1993), spring/summer 2010; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2011 (2011.8) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna-Marie Kellen.