Blog.Mode

April 27, 2008

Recently, the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art held an innovative exhibition called blog.mode: addressing fashion. The ideas behind the show, which closed on April 13, were that (1) fashion is a living art form and, like all art, open to multiple interpretations and (2) it is important to promote critical and creative dialogues about fashion.

The exhibition included forty costumes and accessories that were recently acquired by the Met, and visitors were encouraged to share their reactions using computers set up in the Costume Institute galleries. You can see all of the clothes, and read comments on the exhibit blog (sadly, comments can no longer be added) by clicking the links below.

These are some of my favorites from the show, where the question wasn’t “Is it attractive?” or “Would I wear that?” (after all, most of these things were never intended for everyday wear) but rather “What does that garment say?”

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Entrance — the Costume Institute is on the lower level.

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Long dress

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Gray constructed dresses

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Pleated dresses

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Three white dresses

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Pink gown

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Pink shoe

Blog.mode
Blog.mode: Introduction
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Blog.mode Exhibit
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