PHOTOS: Fashion’s past and present commune at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

Whether by repetition, rupture or reinvention, fashion has always maintained a complex relationship to time, a link New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is exploring in a new exhibition opening Thursday. The show, delayed for months by the pandemic, was also tweaked last minute to take into account the Black Lives Matter movement that galvanized the nation this summer. Normally the city’s social event of the year, 2020’s Met Gala organized by Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour -- which usually opens the costume exhibit -- was cancelled, like every major indoor gathering since mid-March. To fete the 150th anniversary of the Met, Andrew Bolton, head curator of the Costume Institute, aimed to highlight the museum’s own collection that includes 33,000 pieces of clothing and accessories.

Updated On Oct 29, 2020 08:28 PM IST
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A woman stands amid The Costume Institute's upcoming exhibition "About Time: Fashion and Duration" during a press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., October 26, 2020. (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 29, 2020 08:28 PM IST

A woman stands amid The Costume Institute's upcoming exhibition "About Time: Fashion and Duration" during a press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., October 26, 2020. (REUTERS)

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Creations are displayed at The Costume Institute's upcoming exhibition "About Time: Fashion and Duration" during a press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., October 26, 2020. (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 29, 2020 08:28 PM IST

Creations are displayed at The Costume Institute's upcoming exhibition "About Time: Fashion and Duration" during a press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., October 26, 2020. (REUTERS)

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Visitors are reflected in mirrors amid creations displayed at The Costume Institute's upcoming exhibition "About Time: Fashion and Duration" during a press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., October 26, 2020. (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 29, 2020 08:28 PM IST

Visitors are reflected in mirrors amid creations displayed at The Costume Institute's upcoming exhibition "About Time: Fashion and Duration" during a press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., October 26, 2020. (REUTERS)

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Creations are displayed at The Costume Institute's upcoming exhibition "About Time: Fashion and Duration" during a press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., October 26, 2020. (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 29, 2020 08:28 PM IST

Creations are displayed at The Costume Institute's upcoming exhibition "About Time: Fashion and Duration" during a press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., October 26, 2020. (REUTERS)

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Creations are displayed at The Costume Institute's upcoming exhibition "About Time: Fashion and Duration" during a press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., October 26, 2020. (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 29, 2020 08:28 PM IST

Creations are displayed at The Costume Institute's upcoming exhibition "About Time: Fashion and Duration" during a press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., October 26, 2020. (REUTERS)

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Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, tours The Costume Institute's upcoming exhibition "About Time: Fashion and Duration" during a press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., October 26, 2020. (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 29, 2020 08:28 PM IST

Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, tours The Costume Institute's upcoming exhibition "About Time: Fashion and Duration" during a press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., October 26, 2020. (REUTERS)

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