It happened a while ago, but it’s only been since I’ve been going through the OMGTD archives to find stuff to post that I’ve realized how extensive it’s been.
I think it has to do with Anna Wintour taking over the Costume Institute and putting in a focus that’s more on modern couture and, apparently, completely disregarding unique and valuable antique dresses that are not only stunning pieces of art but a valuable first-hand glimpse into daily life in the past and an incredible educational resource.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present “Death Becomes Her; A Century of Mourning Attire” for their next Fall exhibit. Examining the impact of high fashion on mourning between 1815 and 1915, the exhibit will open on October 21st and end on February 1st in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. The exhibit is the first fall exhibition the Costume Institute has held in seven years. “For years I’ve wanted to do a silhouette show, something that looks at the most exaggerated elements of the fashionable silhouette, which, in the 19th century, takes really extraordinary transformations,” said Harold Koda, the head curator. “I was talking with Jessica, and said, ‘Why don’t we do a show of all of our black dresses on the theme of mourning?’” Sounds spooky.