Louis Vuitton Exhibit at The Met Museum NYC
In light of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 150th anniversary, Louis Vuitton has proudly sponsored the Costume Institute’s 2020 exhibition “About Time: Fashion and Duration”. The wide-ranging exhibition explores the inseparable relationship between fashion and time; with specialemphasis on the shifting notions of identity and image within the last century and a half. Henri Bergson’s concept
of la durée (duration) is actualized in theme, exploring the connection clothes have to the past, present and future. Official sources say the exhibitfeatures ‘ghost’ narration by Virginia Woolf.
The space includes two adjacent galleries meant to resemble enormous clock faces to implythe minutes in fashion. In concept one ‘minute’ features a pair of garments that are linear and cyclicalcounterparts of one another.
The two are matched based on their motif, pattern, shape, technique and decoration. For example, a black faille princess-line dress from the late 1870s is paired with Alexander McQueen’s “bumster” skirt from 1995. In an interview with Louis Vuitton, the CostumeInstitute’s Curator Andrew Bolton says that he found it imperative for the garments to be black. This is meant to emphasize changes in silhouettes over time. The show concludes with an upcycledpatchwork dress from Victor Rolf’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection. It symbolizes fashion’s future with greater focus on community and sustainability. Time travelers can also expect conceptualdesigns from Cristóbal Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Vivienne Westwood, and many more.
The “About Time: Fashion and Duration” exhibit was originally scheduled to open thispast spring but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the halt was unforeseen,Bolton also shared that it allowed him to become more intentional with his curation. The shape-shifting events of the quarantine emboldened the importance of inclusivity and visibility of all walks. This awakening paves a way for more conscious design agendas in the future.
It is currently open until Sunday February 7th, 2021. In efforts to honor health and
safety guidelines it is highly recommended to plan your visit via online ticket scheduling.
Louis Vuitton “About Time” Exhibition at the Costume Institute, 2020