Friday, October 23, 2009

haute couture at the metropolitan museum of art

Most of the work day, I'm a virtual explorer, stumbling upon the new and old, rummaging, scavenging, and learning -- a sponge absorbing history and the story behind all things visual. I made a much needed trip to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art today -- an online voyage that would prove to be worthwhile. It was an amazing time as I perused the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, specifically The Costume Institute on my 26" screen. Just enough to engage in the world of high fashion and timeless design, and a reminder to the donned fashion divas and divos of our world. This is a good place to simply check out old and new fashion, and understand where haute couture and current designs stem from -- it's a progression made over time and a repeating cycle of trends. How fascinating.


Above: Yohji Yamamoto dress circa 2000 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Above: Christian Dior "Venus" dress circa 1949 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Above: Gianni Versace "Evening Dress" circa 1996 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Above: Christian Dior "Dinner Dress" circa 1949 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Above: Jacques Fath "Ball Gown" circa 1951 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Above: Christian Dior "Junon" gown circa 1949 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Photo source: all photos are via Metropolitan Museum of Art.com | Image and copyright credits: MMofA

Check out the catalog hidden within The Costume Institute and simply click on the images to acquaint yourself with a short story of the dress. Today, these pieces of couture clothing do not have a retail dollar tag attached to them -- they're priceless works of art. WOW.


Above: Tom Ford for Gucci "Dress with Belt" circa 1996 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Above: House of Worth "Evening Dress" circa 1858 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Above: Christian Dior "Cocktail Dress" circa 1948 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Above: British bustle circa 1871 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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