The Met Announces Unprecedented Fashion Exhibit
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has just revealed its latest fashion exhibit, and it promises to be unlike anything the museum has ever curated before.
A Celebration of Female Designers and Women-Led Fashion Houses
The upcoming fall 2023 exhibition at The Met’s Costume Institute will shine a spotlight on female designers and women-led fashion houses. The exhibit will feature curated pieces from the museum’s permanent collection.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is known for its exceptional fashion displays, and this upcoming exhibit will continue that tradition with a focus on the contributions of women throughout history.
Exploring the Work of Influential Female Designers
The exhibit, which will be on view from December 7, 2023, to March 3, 2024, will showcase approximately 80 objects highlighting the work of over 70 makers. It will trace the history of influential women-led fashion houses from the 20th century to the present.
Visitors can anticipate learning about pioneering female designers as well as their more renowned successors. The exhibit will feature works from notable designers such as Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons, Gabriela Hearst, Ann Lowe, Miuccia Prada, Vivienne Westwood, and many more.
In addition, the exhibit will display iconic pieces by well-known designers like Gabrielle Chanel and Sarah Burton, among others.
An Exhibition Celebrating Women’s Contributions to Fashion
The Met’s Marina Kellen French Director and CEO, Max Hollein, emphasized the importance of this exhibition in recognizing and appreciating the significant contributions of women to the fashion industry throughout history.
The exhibit, titled “Women Dressing Women,” will invite visitors to reflect on the vital role that women have played in fashion from the early 20th century to the present. It aims to showcase the multidisciplinary talents of female fashion designers and acknowledge their impact on the global fashion industry today.
This timely exhibition will explore the themes of anonymity, visibility, agency, and absence/omission, offering a fresh interpretation of the traditional canon of fashion history. It will examine how the fashion industry has empowered women socially, financially, and creatively.
Continuing a Tradition of Innovation
The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is renowned for organizing prestigious fashion exhibits. The museum typically hosts one or two exhibitions each year, accompanied by the annual Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, which serves as the official opening of the spring exhibition.