The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's "blog.mode" exhibit opens today, and to give you a sneak peek, we sent our Fabiola Beracasa to check it out. Click above to watch as curator Andrew Bolton explains how hooker boots from the twenties influenced modern fashion and why the controversial "Incubus Necklace" was impounded by police the first time it was shown to the public.
blog.mode: Addressing Fashion [Video Archives]
Update: You may be wondering, as we were, why the Costume Institute exhibition is actually called "blog.mode: addressing fashion." It's because the exhibit is interactive, and you can write about your reactions and inspirations at a "blog bar" in the museum. Mmm. Blog Bar. Sounds unhealthy and delicious.
A special exhibit of clothing by self-crowned "King of Fashion" Paul Poiret just opened at the Met, and our cameras took a tour. In the early twentieth-century, the Frenchman liberated women from the corset, introduced a vivid color palette, and was the first designer to socialize with his clients. His "naïve and spontaneous" approach continues today through designers like Proenza Schouler, says Andrew Bolton, associate curator of the Costume Institute. "Poiret believed that women should dress in the way that suited them most, not just following trends."
Poiret: King of Fashion Video [NYM]
If you didn't make it to the red carpet for last night's Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, boy, do we have some good news for you. New York's intrepid party reporter Jada Yuan was there, and we've got her on video admiring the outfits, chatting with celebs, and learning that Harry Connick Jr. knows little about fashion and Christina Ricci knows even less about her date. Watch Jada's report; it's almost like being there — but with no need to get dressed up.
Video From the Costume Institute Gala [NYM]
The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art held its annual gala last night, celebrating the Institute's new exhibit, "Poiret: King of Fashion." The theme for the night? Freedom, as Paul Poiret famously released women from the confines of corsets. And perhaps in his honor, or at least continuing in his tradition, Jessica Simpson nearly busted out of her Roberto Cavalli dress, while the usually well-dressed Julianne Moore was thisclose to having a nip slip in her white tuxedo blazer. Kate Moss, America Ferrera, and Cameron Diaz, however, all looked stunning. But the big winner was Sandra Bullock — yep, Sandra Bullock! — who looked drop-dead gorgeous. There are pics of all of them, plus many, many more, in our Costume Institute slideshow.
Pictures From the Costume Institute Gala [NYM]
Earlier: 21 Questions: Harold Koda [NYM]
Name: Harold Koda Age: 56 Job: Curator in charge, Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art; curator of "Nan Kempner: American Chic," opening there today Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Dead and real: Andy Warhol.
Living and fictional: Detective Stabler, Law & Order: SVU.
What's the best meal you've eaten in New York?
Deeda Blair has a lobster salad that should be luxury taxed. But there are also the meatballs at Rao's, a gastronomic anomaly of Italian home-style cooking. Sure, they are the size of softballs like you'd expect, but so light and airy they would float off your plate if they weren't so weighed down with sauce!
In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
Convince people that clothes can be art. Oops, that's not a sentence.