Photographer Steve Emberton on shooting this famous photo of Sid and Nacy: “We knocked on the door but nobody answered. I knocked a bit louder and still nobody answered and I was beginning to wonder if it was going to happen at all, and I knocked really loud and eventually the door opened and it was Sid and he didn’t have a shirt on or anything. He was just dressed in his leather trousers and he was standing at the door and he let us in and I thought, ‘Oh this isn’t going to be much fun.’”
Only it was.
“PUNK: Chaos to Couture,” the latest exhibit organized by Andrew Bolton for The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, opens to the public tomorrow. The press got a first look today. And I have a feeling reactions will be mixed. (The International Herald Tribune‘s Suzy Menkes already panned the exhibit for being too “sanitized and bloodless.”) Here’s why:
The Costume Institute’s “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” exhibition at the Met closed on Sunday to disappointing numbers. According to The New York Times, total attendance at the exhibit came to 339,838. Last year’s “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibit attracted nearly double that number: 661,509. So what did “Savage Beauty” have to offer that “Impossible Read more →
Anna Wintour went on the Colbert Report last night, ostensibly to talk about the opening of the Costume Institute’s “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” at the Met, opening today. Which she did and eloquently. But, oh, it was so much more. Wintour more than held her own against Colbert’s act, taking him to task for Read more →
The Costume Institute’s “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” exhibit–you know, the reason for that whole over-the-top Met Gala–opens this Thursday, May 10 and will run through August 19 at the Met. The exhibit explores the similarities between two powerful Italian women designers, Elsa Schiaparelli and Muiccia Prada. Based on Vanity Fair‘s “Impossible Interviews” from the Read more →
Miuccia Prada may be one of the most influential, beloved and respected fashion designers of our time–evidenced by the fact that she’s about to be honored with an exhibit at the Costume Institute at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, she wasn’t always so keen on the idea of working in fashion. In fact, there was a time when she “hated it.”
Given the record-breaking success of this year’s Alexander McQueen retrospective at the Met, museums would be smart to put more fashion in their halls. And if today’s piece in WWD on museums “getting fashionable” is any indication, they are. Harold Koda, curator in charge of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, told the trade, “Clearly the critical as well as popular success of the McQueen show suggests that fashion design has a more secure place in the precincts of an art museum.”
While any museum would be hard-pressed to recreate the magic that was “Savage Beauty,” more fashion exhibits are popping up all over the world and several big ones are already on track to debut next year.
As soon as Paris Fashion Week comes to an end, we begin our annual countdown to the most important night in fashion–the Costume Institute Gala at The Met. This year, the big night will be even more special than usual as the fashion community celebrates the genius work of the sorely missed Alexander McQueen.
Anna Wintour and Samantha Cameron unveiled images and details of the upcoming Costume Institute exhibition, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty this morning in London, Vogue UK is reporting. Stella McCartney, a friend of McQueen, as well as his successor, Sarah Burton will co-chair this year’s event held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This Spring, Alexander McQueen’s life work will be in full bloom at the Metropolitan Museum, where the Costume Institute is celebrating the late designer’s career with a retrospective. It sounds beyond amazing. Called Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, the exhibition will be on view from May 4 through July 31, 2011 and will encompass all of his work, from his Central Saint Martins postgrad collection in 1992 to his final runway presentation this past February.
The exhibition begins two days after the Costume Institute Gala Benefit, and here are the deets we have on that: Honorary Chairs are François-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek, and the Co-Chairs will be Colin Firth, Stella McCartney, and Anna Wintour. Expect lots of McQueen.
As for the exhibition–the Costume Institute is not just throwing a range of dresses onto mannequins and calling it a day. The thoughtful retrospective will feature around 100 examples of McQueen’s work from the Alexander McQueen Archive in London, the Givenchy Archive in Paris and private collections.
This morning, the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted a press preview of the Costume Institute’s newest exhibition, The American Woman: Fashioning A National Identity. Andrew Bolton, the Institute’s curator, spoke at length about the exhibit’s evolution and the Museum’s decision to “structure the exhibition around the archetypes of American femininity.” When they started talking about Read more →