Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion
Exhibition, The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, US.
The exhibition Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion highlights approximately 60 masterworks from the early 18th century to the present day. Organised chronologically with ensembles shown on platforms resembling oversized packing crates, each object – primarily women’s wear, but also some men’s wear and a selection of accessories – is accompanied by an in-depth explanation of its significance within the canon of fashion history.
Some newly acquired objects are paired with other pieces in the collection to illustrate the enduring influence of certain master couturiers and iconic historical silhouettes. Fashion’s quick responsiveness to change ensures that it is an immediate expression of the spirit of its time, reflecting social, cultural, and political circumstances, and of shifting ideals of beauty.