Monday, January 25, 2016

You never can tell

Before leaving the Met, I decided I really should turn around and do just one more special exhibit. I have to admit that I knew nothing of Jacqueline de Ribes prior to this installation. Below are notes from Wikipedia and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


"Jacqueline, comtesse de Ribes (born 14 July 1929) is a French aristocrat, designer, fashion icon, businesswoman, producer and philanthropist. She has been a member of the International Best Dressed List since 1962." (Wikipedia)

"This Costume Institute exhibition focuses on the internationally renowned style icon Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, whose originality and elegance established her as one of the most celebrated fashion personas of the twentieth century. The thematic show features about sixty ensembles of haute couture and ready-to-wear primarily from de Ribes's personal archive, dating from 1962 to the present. Also included are her creations for fancy-dress balls, which she often made by cutting and cannibalizing her haute couture gowns to create nuanced expressions of her aesthetic. These, along with photographs, video, and ephemera, tell the story of how her interest in fashion developed over decades, from childhood "dress-up" to the epitome of international style." Metropolitan Museum of Art


So I turned around and descended into the dark exposition ~ how amazing! Glad I did this























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