Monday, January 21, 2008

Bloggin' at The Met

Finally! I've been promising this one and here it is. The fashion exhibit at the Met was well worth the visit. The exact name is: blog.mode:addressing fashion. In a nutshell, the exhibit displays about 40 garments and accessories from the 18th century to present. Since everyone has (ahem) an opinion on style these days, the folks at the Met decided to allow visitors to blog on the exhibit while at the exhibit. A "blog bar" with about eight or nine laptops is stationed in the midst of it all for folks to express what they liked, disliked or were indifferent about in a public forum. Some of the posts will actually be compiled and packaged into a book. What a crafty way to make (even more)money, huh?

One of the standout items for me was a pink silk gown by Vivienne Westwood. I was drawn to it because she's known for her punk-inspired, over-the-top sexy numbers but this piece was soft and feminine in a traditional way. She keeps folks guessing and I admire that. I also really liked the red 18th century velvet men's blazer. Peep the pics of both below. Please excuse the darkness. This is the best my camera phone could do with the blah museum lighting. Other designers featured in the exhibit are Donna Karan, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garcons and Jean Paul Gaultier.

Curator Harold Koda told Women's Wear Daily that each of the pieces was selected because it raises a lot of questions. Hmmmm... I guess that explains these croco-embossed patent leather pumps also by Vivienne Westwood. Pretty hysterical, right? Fun Fact: these are the same shoes Naomi Campbell fell in on the runway a few years back. I decided to blog on them at the exhibit.

So if you're in NYC or plan to be in the near future; check it out. The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute is scheduled to display blog mode until April 13th, 2008. And again folks, the Met is basically FREE!!! The admission fee is suggested; not required.

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