The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has confirmed that its next major exhibition will be a two-part exhibition dedicated to American fashion, from September 18, 2021 to September 5, 2022.
The first part, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”, will open on September 18 at the Anna Wintour Costume Center and will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Costume Institute and explore a “modern vocabulary of American fashion”.
Along with the exhibit, a “more intimate” Met Gala will be held on September 13, as directed by the government. It will be co-chaired by actor TimothÃ©e Chalamet, singer Billie Eilish, poet Amanda Gorman and tennis player Naomi Osaka, alongside Honorary Presidents Tom Ford, Instagram’s Adam Mosseri and Anna Wintour.
The exhibition will be organized to resemble a fictional American house, built with transparent walls that intersect and overlap, blurring the boundaries of interior rooms. Examples of fashion from the 20th and 21st centuries will populate the rooms, reflecting the customs and behaviors of the imagined occupants.
The designs of America’s sportswear pioneers will be on display alongside works from a âdiverse group of contemporary designers,â including pieces by Christopher John Rogers, Sterling Ruby, Conner Ives and Prabal Gurung. These will be displayed to illustrate what curator Andrew Bolton calls a “shifting emphasis in American fashion” defined by feelings of fear, pleasure, comfort, anxiety, well-being, loneliness, happiness. , belonging, self-reflection and self-representation, among other qualities.
Director Melina Matsoukas has also been commissioned to produce an open film to be shown in the galleries, the content of which will evolve throughout the exhibition.
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The second part, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”, will open on May 5, 2022 in the museum’s American Wing period rooms and marks the final installment of the Costume Institute’s trilogy of period shows, which has started with Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century (2004) in French period rooms, followed by AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion (2006) in English period rooms.
The exhibition will explore the development of American fashion by presenting narratives related to the intricate and layered histories of these spaces featuring the historical and contemporary clothing of women and men dating from the 18th century to the present day in vignettes.
There will be a series of three-dimensional cinematic freeze frames produced in collaboration with renowned American directors. These stagings will explore the role of clothing in shaping American identity and address the intricate and overlapping stories of the bedrooms. Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu’s curator in charge of the Costume Institute, said in a statement: âOver the past year, due to the pandemic, the connections with our homes have become more emotional, as have those with our clothes. . For American fashion, this has meant an increased emphasis on sentiment over practicality.
âIn response to this change, the first part of the exhibition will establish a modern vocabulary of American fashion based on the expressive qualities of clothing as well as deeper associations with issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. Part Two will explore the evolving language of American fashion in more detail through a series of collaborations with American directors who will visualize the unfinished stories inherent in period venues at the Met.
Max Hollein, French director of Marina Kellen for The Met, added: âFashion is both a harbinger of cultural change and a record of the forces, beliefs and events that shape our lives. âThis two-part exhibition will examine how fashion reflects the evolution of notions of identity in America and explore a multitude of perspectives through presentations that address some of the complexities of history with powerful immediacy. Looking at the past through this lens, we can consider the aesthetic and cultural impact of fashion on historical aspects of American life.
A second Met Gala will take place on May 2, 2022, to mark the opening of An Anthology of American Fashion. Both exhibitions will run until September 5, 2022.