Tag Archives: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sara Berman’s Closet at the Met Museum

Exhibition Review: Sara Berman's Closet at the Met Museum

Fashion. If you’ve been reading along for the past year or so, it might be quite evident that what fascinates me the most about fashion is its capacity of communication: through our choices of clothing we send messages to the world about who we are, what we think, how we view the world. But fashion—the clothes we wear—is also about reinvention. In moments of change, fashion and self-fashioning are among the main tools used for the creation and expression of our new identities.

Sara Berman’s closet, now on view at the Met Museum, reveals the story of her life and her reinvention as a woman.

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

Manus x Machina - fashion exhibition at the Costume Institute Metropolitan Museum of Art New York

Past the galleries of Medieval art, with fairy tales narrated by the tapestries on their walls, and welcomed by a short glimpse of the most beautiful Chinese ceramics, the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibits the Costume Institute’s latest creation: Manus x Machina. The exhibition, which transformed the renown Lehman wing into the cupola of a Florentine Renaissance church, opens with the dress that inspired it. Designed by Karl Lagerfeld as the closing garment for his autumn/winter 2014-15 haute couture collection for Chanel, and made with synthetic diving-suit material, its surface soft as a whale’s skin, the dress extends about 6 metres backward, its train showcasing the most perfect intersection of manus and machina. The brocaded pattern was first hand-drawn by Lagerfeld, then pixelated with a computer aid. Rhinestones were inserted using a heat press, and the gold paint and pearls were embroidered by hand, taking the artisans no less than 450 hours of manual labor in the completion of this masterpiece. If the dress presents a pregnant figure, made specifically for the model who wore it down the catwalk a few years ago, it also presents the conception of the most recent creative vision of the curatorial genius that is Andrew Bolton, curator in chief of the Costume Institute.

Style Reflections: On Wearing A Princess Gown Every Day

My sister has always been a character, especially when it comes to dress. When she was a little kid, she would hang around our home wearing a bikini, claiming that the perfectly cool weather of Bogota was too hot to wear anything else. She also was one of those kids that obsessed over her Halloween costumes and wore them for months. The most memorable one was of Bella, the Disney princess of Beauty and the Beast. The dress was made in a shiny fabric with golden sequins, and it brought a little crown and shiny plastic heels that matched with it. And I’m pretty sure my sister only stopped wearing it because it fell into pieces after years of use.

“Fashion & Virtue” at the Met Museum

It’s print week in New York, meaning that these days are all about celebrating the art of prints in the city. So I decided to join the party and write about the most recent exhibition by the department of Drawings & Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fashion and Virtue: Textile Patterns and the Print Revolution, 1520–1620.

Sultans of Deccan India—Met Museum

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I went to see the exhibition named Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy a few weeks ago at the Met Museum and couldn’t have loved it more! The words “opulence” and “fantasy” in the title are perfectly appropriate to describe the magical world that this sometimes forgotten part of Indian history hides. I particularly loved the metalwork—not just in the jewellery, but also in the decorations—and the romanticism that the careful crafting of each one of these pieces seems to evoke. Oh, and the diamonds! Of course, some of them have been retouched by our Western jewellers—and Harry Winston is one house to know how to make diamonds marvellous—making them a little different from what they might have looked under the sultans’ eyes back in the time… But that doesn’t mean I have stopped dreaming of them all. I think I’ve found my true passion: diamonds everywhere!

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Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Love,
Laura
Photography: Laura Beltran-Rubio

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

As I mentioned earlier this week, I spent Memorial Day very calmly, enjoying a very sunny summer day at The Cloisters. It was an absolutely wonderful day, during which I saw the most inspiring architectural pieces in this beautiful place, I had a delicious and fresh salad for lunch while overlooking the Hudson river, and read almost a full book under the sun. And, of course, I took lots of pictures! So rather than talking about how I felt, I hope I can share it, somehow, through my pictures.

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Love,
Laura
Photography: Laura Beltran-Rubio