The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Annual Costume Institute exhibit opens this week. Noble In America: a fashion lexicon, the show offers an exploration of modern American fashion from the 1940s to the present, as seen in a “fictional American house built with transparent walls.”
In every well-lit environment, there are examples of 20th and 21st century fashion organized into twelve sections based on emotional qualities: nostalgia, belonging, delight, joy, wonder, affinity, trust, strength, desire, security, comfort, and awareness. .
Conceptually, the exhibition is inspired by Jesse Jackson’s description of America’s “patchwork quilt” in 1984, “a metaphor for this country and its unique cultural identities.”
Overall, the sprawling painting has a decidedly clean and minimalist presentation. The way the pieces are displayed makes it appear that they are floating in the air, and adjacent pieces are often in conversation with each other’s topics.
The show will open on September 18 and follow the big Met Gala on Monday night, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic. The theme of this year’s gala is “American Independence” –Whatever that means—And its co-chairs include young stars Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, fashion designer and film director Tom Ford, and Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram (Instagram sponsors the show), will serve as honorary chairmen. (The event will be broadcast here. starting at 5:30 pm on Monday, September 13).
Mayor Bill de Blasio will also be in attendance tonight, although he has previously been critical of the event, saying in 2019: “Look, it’s an elite gathering, I’m not an elite guy. Let’s keep it really simple, it’s just not my thing.”
The Met has already announced that the Costume Institute show next May will be the second part of this year’s theme. In America: a fashion anthology, will be a complementary piece for A lexicon of fashion, featuring both historical and contemporary women’s and men’s clothing, mostly pre-20th century: “Interiors, spanning the 1670s and 1915s, include a Shaker Retiring Room from the 1830s that explores the defining characteristics of clothing American sports car, such as utility, simplicity, and practicality, through the work of Claire McCardell. “
The exhibition will be open from September 18, 2021 to September 5, 2022. Admission to the museum is still with a scheduled ticket. plan your visit here.