Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style
Exhibition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
This Costume Institute exhibition focuses on the internationally renowned style icon Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, whose originality and elegance established her as one of the most celebrated fashion personas of the 20th century. A thematic show, it features some 60 ensembles of haute couture and ready-to-wear, primarily from de Ribes's personal archive, dating from 1959 to the present. Also included are her creations for fancy-dress balls, which she often made by cutting and cannibalising her gowns to create nuanced aesthetical expressions. These, along with photographs and ephemera, tell the story of how her interest in fashion developed over decades, from childhood to the epitome of international style.