Every year between May and August, the fashion savvy of the world make their annual pilgrimage to what we call “The Costume Exhibit at the MET”. The exhibit since its inception has provided visitors with a retrospective on designers and themes in fashion. This year the exhibit focuses on the work of Charles James, an American couturier who believed in the art of form.
Having seen some of his work in the past, I expected to walk in and see his signature statement gowns. What I didn’t expect was the technology associated with this exhibit.
Each piece stands alone with a screen and laser beam in front of it. Then through a guided video on the screen and with the help of laser pointers, the garment is magically deconstructed and reconstructed in front of you. Not only does it show you the genius of this visionary but also the art behind the craft. It really made me smile to see a two year old girl fascinated with the garment construction and refusing to move as her dad tried to drag her along to the next piece of the exhibit.
For those of you who could not make the trek this year, above is a short video clip of my favorite piece from the exhibit.