David Bailey's Surreal (1980) © David Bailey/Courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that the spring exhibition at its Costume Institute would track fashion from 1870 to the present as part of the museums 150th -anniversary celebration. Opening on 7 May 2020 and titled About Time: Fashion and Duration, the show will be rooted in the philosopher Henry Bergsons concept of la durée, or time that flows and is indivisible, and in the writings of Virginia Woolf, who the Met said would serve as the “ghost narrator” of the exhibition.
Met officials said the show would include 160 examples of womens fashion that conjure associations linking the past, present and future. “Fashion is indelibly connected to time,” Andrew Bolton, curator in charge at the Costume Institute, said in a statement. “It not only reflects and represents the spirit of the times, but it also changes and develops with the times, serving as an especially sensitive and accurate timepiece. Through a series of chronologies, the exhibition will use the concept of duration to analyse the temporal twists and turns of fashion history."
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