Style icon on display at the Costume Institute


The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s fall 2015 exhibition will open on Nov. 19, 2015.

This year’s fall exhibit “Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style” honors Jacqueline de Ribes, whom the Costume Institute calls an “internationally renowned style icon.”

This exhibit will be a far cry from last year’s “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire.”

The 2014 fall exhibit explored women’s mourning clothing from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Harold Koda, Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute, discussed Jacqueline de Ribes on the museum’s website. He said, “Her approach to dress as a statement of individuality can be seen as a kind of performance art. When she established her own fashion house, her friend Yves Saint Laurent gave his blessings to to the venture as a welcome projection of her elegance.”

Koda explains on the museum’s website that, “A close study of de Ribes’s life of creative expression yields illuminating insights into her strategies of style.”

The Costume Institute has confirmed that the exhibit will consist of a wide array of garments both from Ribes’ collection, as well as photographs and other artifacts.

This exhibit follows the spring 2015 exhibit “China: Through the Looking Glass” which, according to the New York Times was the most highly attended exhibition in the history of the Costume Institute.

The New York Times reported that by the time the spring 2015 exhibit was approaching its closing, 735,000 patrons had visited the exhibition.

Jacqueline de Ribes is one of many style icons honored through exhibitions at the Costume Institute.

She now joins the ranks of Charles James, Alexander McQueen, Jacqueline Kennedy, Yves Saint Laurent, Paul Poiret, Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Gianni Versace and Diana Vreeland.

Harold Koda announced earlier this year that he will be retiring in January 2016 after acting as the organization’s Curator in Charge for 14 years.

Robin Pogrebin and Guy Trebay of the New York Times reported that Koda’s successor will be Andrew Bolton.

They wrote that Bolton was instrumental in organizing and executing “China: Through the Looking Glass.”

The exhibit on de Ribes will explore her life and the development of her personal style, from her youth as the daughter of aristocrats to her adult life as a famous figure in the fashion world.

Representatives from the Costume Institute report that designers featured in the exhibition include Giorgio Armani, Pierre Balmain, Bill Blass, Marc Bohan, Roberto Cavalli, John Galliano, Madame Grés, Valentino Garavani, Jean-Paul Gaultier. Ralph Lauren, Norma Kamali, Guy Laroche, Ralph Rucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Fernando Sanchez, Emanuel Ungaro and even de Ribes herself.

This exhibit will explore de Ribes’ personal and professional life, showing how fashion, design and style was integral to all facets of her life.

The exhibit will open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center on Nov. 19 and will close Feb. 21, 2016.


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