The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute features ‘In America’ exhibit – WWD
WHAT YEAR : While millions of people wouldn’t want to go back over the past 12 months for obvious pandemic-related reasons, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute has taken the count and has a lot to show.
Last fall, the Upper East Side museum unveiled the first part of “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” to great fanfare. The exhibition was a kind of vocabulary on American fashion that highlighted a multitude of designers, including many young, emerging and little known. In March, 70% of the exhibit was refreshed so that the work of around 35 designers could be added to the rotation.
The second part of the year-long show bowed in the spring. Titled “In America: A Fashion Anthology,” it examined some of the intricacies of American fashion history and was staged in the period rooms of the museum’s American Wing. Spanning from the 18th century to the present day, Part Two drew on the talents of notable filmmakers like Sofia Coppola, Chloe Zhao, Martin Scorsese, Janicza Bravo, and Tom Ford, among others.
It seems the Costume Institute’s first year-long exhibition was well worth the wait. While the 12-month period was planned before the pandemic, the timing turned out to be fortuitous since, like many museums large and small, attendance at the Met had been reduced during the pandemic due to temporary closures and travel restrictions. capacity related to COVID-19.
Together, the first installment of “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”, its update and “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” attracted 947,465 visitors. Altogether, this makes “In America” the fourth highest-attended exhibition.
However, the Costume Institute’s 2018 exhibit “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” still holds the headline. With over a million visitors, this religiously themed show ranked third among the Met’s most visited exhibits. It still couldn’t touch the former – 1978’s ‘Treasures of Tutankhamun’, which drew 1.36 million visitors, or the 1963 show for the ‘Mona Lisa’. Like “In America”, the museum’s “Heavenly Bodies” were housed in two locations—though one further away than the American Wing—further north in New York City, at the Met Cloisters.
Although the last Costume Institute is officially over, this weekend is the last chance to catch “An Anthology of Cinema” at Metrograph in Brooklyn. In collaboration with the Costume Institute’s “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” the filmmakers involved in the second installment selected films to show at the theater. “The Fountainhead” and “Leave Her to Heaven” will air on Saturday and “The Portrait of a Lady” will be the finale on Sunday.