Living in New York City most certainly has its set of challenges — and rewards. One of the major benefits, I’ve found, is the seriousness that the subject of fashion is given by the musuems here. It’s quite refreshing, actually to be able to approach fashion as a formal area of study, which can draw interest on such a wide scale. I recently went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) to view the latest Costume Institute exhibit, The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion, which broke out models into the timeline 1947-1997.
For starters, I couldn’t help but observe that I’ve never seen so many guys at a Costume Institute exhibit (maybe they thought actual models would be there?). The exhibit pin pointed a selection of models with distinct looks and personalities, while reenacting famous photo shoots, actual magazine covers of the period, and displaying about 80 complete looks. My favorite room was tied: grunge and the sixties — how about you? If traveling to New York City sometime between now and August 9th, I recommend stopping by the Met to see The Model as Muse. For the sake of preservation, I only snapped one photo at the entrance of the exhibit (Richard Avedon’s 1955 photo, “Dovima with elephants”, but you can check out the Met’s flickr page for more photos of the final installations and behind-the-scenes pictures.