Sunday, September 4, 2016

Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion

Event STYLE Alert:

The Costume Institute's Fall 2016 exhibition, Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion, on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center from November 8, 2016, through February 5, 2017, will feature significant acquisitions of the past 10 years. The show, curated by Assistant Curator Jessica Regan with support from Curator in Charge Andrew Bolton, will explore how the department has honed its collecting strategy to amass masterworks of the highest aesthetic and technical quality, including iconic works by designers who have changed the course of fashion history and advanced fashion as an art form. 

"Our mission is to present fashion as a living art that interprets history, becomes part of the historical process, and inspires subsequent art," said Mr. Bolton. "Over the seven decades since The Costume Institute became part of The Met in 1946, our collecting strategy has shifted from creating a collection of Western high fashion that is encyclopedic in breadth to one focused on acquiring a body of masterworks." 

Exhibition Overview

The exhibition will highlight approximately 60 of these masterworks from the early 18th century to the present, which The Costume Institute has acquired since its last acquisitions show, blog.mode: addressing fashion, in 2007. 

The main Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery will be organized chronologically with ensembles shown in packing crates and on palettes, as though they have just arrived at The Met. Each object—primarily women's wear, as well as some men's wear ensembles and a selection of accessories—will be accompanied by an in-depth explanation of its significance within the canon of fashion history. Some newly acquired objects will be paired with pieces already in the collection to illustrate the enduring influence of certain master couturiers and iconic historical silhouettes. A recently acquired John Galliano for Maison Margiela dress from 2015 will be paired with a Cristobal Balenciaga gown from 1964. A Halston evening gown from the 1980s, new to the collection, will be juxtaposed with a Vionnet gown from the 1930s. 

The Carl and Iris Barrel Apfel Gallery will feature some of the ensembles donated by designers in honor of Harold Koda upon his retirement as Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute in January 2016. 

"While fashion is often derided for its ephemerality, its quick responsiveness to change ensures that it is an immediate expression of the spirit of its time—a vivid reflection of social, cultural, and political circumstances, and of shifting ideals of beauty," said Ms. Regan. "The masterworks we've chosen to highlight are among many we have collected in the past decade that draw on forms, motifs, and themes of the past, reinterpreting fashion history in ways that resonate in the present."

Designers in the exhibition will include Azzedine Alaïa, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Geoffrey Beene, Thom Browne, Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen), Antonio del Castillo (Lanvin-Castillo), Hussein Chalayan, Tom Ford, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano (John Galliano and Maison Margiela), Nicolas Ghesquière (Balenciaga), Halston, Charles James, Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons), Karl Lagerfeld (House of Chanel), Jeanne Lanvin, Christian Louboutin, Maison Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake, Paul Poiret, Zandra Rhodes, Yves Saint Laurent (House of Dior), Elsa Schiaparelli, Raf Simons (House of Dior), Hedi Slimane (Saint Laurent), Noritaka Tatehana, Philip Treacy, Iris van Herpen, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren (Viktor & Rolf), Gianni Versace, Madeleine Vionnet, Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm McLaren (Let it Rock), Jean-Philippe Worth (House of Worth), and Yohji Yamamoto.

If you're truly a fashion officianto, you won't let the opportunity to see this exhibit slip through your fingers.

Tee Time at the Morrison Golf Classic

Have you heard about the Morrison Golf Classic in Cape Cod? No? Well, if you're a golfer and even if you're not but you really enjoy golf "style", it's an event you won't want to miss! I had the opportunity to attend the classic recently thanks to the kind Morrison Golf Classic team and the title sponsor for the event, Toyota.

Driving the Toyota Hybrid, Prius V made the scenic trip from New Jersey to Cape Cod not only fuel efficient but also a smooth, easy drive. Since this event was also a mini pre-birthday getaway for my husband and I, it was particularly nice to be able to say to him, "Let's Go Place"...without the kids. And it was the perfect gift to him for this to be our very first time playing golf.

"Created by Boston residents George and Janet Morrison out of their shared love of golf, the Morrison Golf Classic has been going strong since the year 2000. Originally, envisioned as a way to get friends together at the end of the summer, the day consists of an early golf tournament at Falmouth Country Club (Cape Cod), followed by a catered White Party with live music. Attendees are welcome to attend either event, or both of them." (Morrison Golf Classic website)

The weekend began with a rather usual checkin at our Cape Cod hotel. I can honestly say I've never stayed in a place where the keys were left in a mailbox for me (along with the other guest keys) to pickup without having seen anyone at the front desk in advance. With that said, I'm always game for an experience and our accommodations views were absolutely breathtaking.

After taking in a bit of the Cape Cod scenery, we headed to the Falmouth Country ClubFor the second year in a row, the Morrison Golf Classic included a Twilight Film Screening, and was sponsored by the USGA. Following the movie there was a very informative Q&A session with Mr. George Morrison, one of the founders of the golf classic hosted by Harriette Cole.

On the big day of the golf classic, Monday August 22nd, the guests were all abuzz a ready to play golf! This year, the Classic raised money for the United States Golf Association (USGA) Museum in support of their exhibit, MORE THAN A GAME. The exhibit “focuses on how the creation of African-American golf clubs positively impacted the community, despite the pervasive prejudice and racism of the Jim Crow era.”

One of the major things I learned while at this event is that there is a special comradery shared between those who golf together. It is a wonderful sport and it seems that everyone who plays is eager and enthusiastic to help and teach the newbies like my husband and I. The lessons and tips we received from the staff at Falmouth Country Club officially sparked our new love for the game...and of course, the "all white" fashion styling of the event made me feel right at home.

Once the round of golf was complete, it was time to party! During the white party, the keynote speech was delivered by Harriette Cole, the author of seven books, a frequent contributor to the “Today Show” and the creator of the critically acclaimed DREAMLEAPERS ™ educational initiative, a series of events designed to help people access and activate their dreams. Harriette mingled with guests, sold books and delivered a speech called TAKE A LEAP, which inspired attendees to make every moment of their lives count and to choose to leave a legacy that includes motivating those around them to leap into their dreams too.

PHOTO: Harriette Cole giving the keynote at the Morrison Golf Classic. Photo credit: Brittney M. Walker.

No one went home empty handed. The USGA provided every attendee with branded gift bags stuffed with goodies from Toyota, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and NY-based hair stylist Diane Da Costa. The media sponsors for the event were the Bay State Banner, and Sugar Hill Strawberry Hard Cider was provided by the Harlem Brewing Company and distributed at a pre-Morrison Golf Classic BBQ hosted by Paul Glass of Teaticket, MA.

I think it's safe to say, especially since the Hubby just purchased new golf clubs for us that we are now fully committed to learning the game! For that, I have to extend a special thanks to the entire Morrison Golf Classic team for providing such a wonderful experience! We'll be back next year!