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About Time: Fashion and Duration

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

29 Oct 2020 - 7 Feb 2021

The Costume Institute at the Met is celebrating the museum’s 150th anniversary with an exhibition that tracks both the linear and cyclical developments of fashion since 1870. On display will be 120 pieces, drawn predominantly from the Costume Institute’s collection – and all of them black (with the notable exception of a white dress fashioned from upcycled swatches of fabric, designed by Viktor & Rolf). The garments will be shown in pairs that are connected by style, shape or technique, collapsing the distinctions between past and present: an idea inspired by the contracted and expanded temporalities in Virginia Woolf’s novels Orlando and Mrs Dalloway. Find out more from the Met’s website.

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Dress (2012-13), Iris Van Herpen.

Dress (A/W 2012–13), Iris Van Herpen. Photo: © Nicholas Alan Cope; courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ball gown (1951), Charles James.

Ball gown (1951), Charles James. Photo: © Nicholas Alan Cope; courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dress (S/S 2018), Nicholas Ghesquière.

Dress (S/S 2018), Nicholas Ghesquière. Photo: © Nicholas Alan Cope; courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dinner dress (c. 1895), Mrs. Arnold.

Detail of a satin dinner dress from c. 1895 by Mrs Arnold, a dressmaker in Brooklyn. Photo: © Nicholas Alan Cope; courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art