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November 19, 2016
Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion

Fashionistas should sashay into The Met for some style inspiration this autumn, with major Manhattan show ‘Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion’ dedicated to influential apparel through the ages. Imagine these fab threads in your walk-in wardrobe!

This must-see exhibition spotlights around 60 of The Costume Institute's most significant acquisitions of the past decade, exploring how the department honed its collection to reflect the highest aesthetic and technical qualities. Since joining The Met in 1946, the Institute has shifted gears, switching from amassing an encyclopedia of Western fashion to snapping up a curated edit of masterworks.

Making the cut are iconic statements by designers who have advanced the art of fashion, with influential names in the frame including Azzedine Alaïa, Coco Chanel, Cristóbal Balenciaga, John Galliano for Maison Margiela, Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake, Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane.

Showcased in the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the stellar pieces range from the early 18th century to the current day, with explanations of their significance within the canon of fashion history. The show’s design is creative too, featuring frocks displayed in packing crates and on pallets – as if they’d just arrived at the gallery. Expect mainly womenswear, plus some menswear and pretty covetable accessories, with new acquisitions juxtaposed with earlier finds. Items are global in reach, such as radical Dutch fash duo Viktor & Rolf’s 2010 ballgown in synthetic silk. Dress to impress!

18 Nov, 2016 – 5 Feb, 2017. 

Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion / The Met Fifth Avenue / 1000 Fifth Ave / +1 212 535 7710 /