The Met – About Time: Fashion and Duration

The Costume Institute’s exhibition About Time: Fashion and Duration (on view October 29, 2020 to February 7, 2021) traces 150 years of fashion, from 1870 to the present, along a disrupted timeline, in honor of the Museum’s 150th anniversary. Employing philosopher Henri Bergson’s concept of la durée—the continuity of time—the exhibition explores how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate the past, present, and future. The concept is also examined through the writings of Virginia Woolf, who serves as the exhibition’s “ghost narrator.”

Our Jersey and Satin One Breasted Panel ‘Punk’ Dress Decorated with Swarovski Crystals, Beaded Safety Pins and Chains from Zandra’s Conceptual Chic collection of 1977/78 is juxtaposed with Versace’s 1994 Safety Pin gown.

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