Everything to Know About the Met’s ‘About Time: Fashion and Duration’ Exhibition – Vogue

By on October 26, 2020

Can we? The industry is markedly aware of overproduction and overconsumption, and yet staying in business means soldiering on down the path of more, more, more. It’s an idea that is illustrated, perhaps unintentionally, with the inclusion of designers that history has forgotten due in part to their unwillingness to play fashion’s more-is-more game: Xuly Bët’s Lamine Kouyaté’s upcycled lettuce-hem dress is included beside Stephen Burrows’s 1975 original lettuce-hem ensemble. “I end the show with that idea that the 24/7 need for everything, that instantaneity and immediacy, has halted time,” Bolton says. “That really needs to be addressed.”

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Gallery view of the second gallery

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The last look in the show, unlike all the others, is white. Viktor & Rolf’s upcycled patchwork smock dress is suspended like an angel just before the exit, with a halo of lace and light around the mannequin’s head. Bolton says the haute couture look serves as a sign of hopefulness for ideas of sustainability, community, and togetherness to transform the fashion of the future. Will it take? Time will tell.

“About Time: Fashion and Duration” opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 29. Entry is possible with a timed ticket. The exhibition is made possible by Louis Vuitton. Corporate sponsorship is also provided by Condé Nast. Additional support is provided by Michael Braun, John and Amy Griffin, Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers, the Natasha and Adar Poonawalla Foundation, and the Laura and Raymond Johnson Fund.

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Dress, Viktor & Rolf (Dutch, founded 1993), spring/summer 2020 haute couture; Courtesy Viktor & Rolf.
Headpiece by Shay Ashual in collaboration with Yevgeny Koramblyum
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Gallery view of the first gallery

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In the first gallery

Left: “Bar” Suit, Christian Dior (French, 1905– 1957), jacket, spring/summer 1947; Gift of Mrs. John Chambers Hughes, 1958 (C.I.58.34.30). Skirt, spring/summer 1947, edition 1969; Gift of Christian Dior, 1969 (C.I.69.40). 

Right: Ensemble, Junya Watanabe (Japanese, born 1961), fall/winter 2011–2012; Courtesy Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons
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Gallery view of the first gallery

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Gallery view of the second gallery

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