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Celebrating the Avant-Garde at the Met Gala with @silasveta

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Multimedia design and production company Sila Sveta (@silasveta) makes light and sound installations that transport you to otherworldly spaces — particularly so when they’re inspired by Rei Kawakubo, the conceptual fashion designer and the subject of this year’s retrospective at the Met Gala. Held each spring by Vogue magazine (@voguemagazine) and the Metropolitan Museum of Arts’ (@metmuseum) Costume Institute in New York City, the Met Gala draws the biggest names in fashion, music, art and film — like co-host Katy Perry (@katyperry), here in Sila Sveta’s installation at the Met Gala. “With the technology we have, art and fashion can come to life,” say Alexander Us and Alexey Rozov, co-founders of Sila Sveta. “We wanted to celebrate colors, textures and the avant-garde.”


I know I am kind of late, but now that Prince is gone (WTF 2016?! FIRST BOWIE! THEN RICKMAN! NOW PRINCE! JUST STOP ALREADY!!) let’s remember that one of his principal fashion influences was the 18th century menswear. And what a way to wear it: it was the 80s and 90s, the cravats were acceptable and the purple suits were a must for this gorgeous macaroni prince. So, let’s take a look at 18th century purple menswear from Prince to Hamilton, from brocades to velvets.

Photos from top:

  1. Prince performs at the Forum in Inglewood, California on February 18th 1985.
  2. Coat, waistcoat and breeches, mid 18th century, Kyoto Costume Institute.
  3. Formal suit in purple silk, 1770-1780, Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
  4. Court dress coat, 1785-1790, England, Victoria & Albert Museum.
  5. Daveed Diggs as Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton, costume design by Paul Tazewell.
  6. Purple and black brocade suit, French, 1780-90, Met Museum.
  7. Miniature of Charles-Claude de Flahaut, ca. 1779, Jean-Baptiste Weyler, Victoria & Albert Museum.
  8. Embroidered panels for a man’s suit, French, 1780s, Met Museum.
  9. Still from Marie Antoinette (2006), costume design by Milena Canonero.

The 2017 Met Gala theme will be Comme des Garçons’s Rei Kawakubo:  

On Friday morning, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the new theme for its 2017 Costume Institute exhibition and gala: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons.” Opening on May 4, the show will be the first monograph show at the museum to focus on a living designer since its Yves Saint Laurent exhibit in 1983.

“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past forty years,” said the Costume Institute’s curator in charge, Andrew Bolton. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”

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Photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, March 1993.

digdipper09  asked:

Do you answer questions about these dresses as well? Because I'm confused as to the use of a dinner gown. Why was there a separate gown for dinner? Did they change just for dinner? Could they also go out wearing the gown, or was it considered rude? Because the term 'gown' kind of makes me think of something you only wear indoors, probably in an intimate setting, like close friends (maybe??) and family only type of deal?

It was definitely common for women of high economic status to change multiple times throughout the day. In some cultures or societies, one way to show the wealth of a family was through the leisure activities of women, whether that be changing for their many engagements and social appointments or also having the luxury to not work and simply be beautiful. 

“For the wealthy woman, a complete wardrobe would consist of morning, afternoon, and evening dresses, and lavish “undress” items such as tea gowns and nightgowns, which were worn only in the privacy of one’s home.”

There were all kinds of looks for the day and evening, morning dresses, day/afternoon dress, walking suits, tea gowns, evening gowns. I once saw a source that quoted a man as saying when on the street it wasn’t necessary to look at a watch as the time of day could be determined from looking at the fashions the women were wearing.

So to answer your question, yes! There were many different types of outfits worn by wealthy women throughout the day. It seems ridiculous but when you don’t have much to do and have a lady’s maid to help with all of your fashion changes it was a common occurrence. 

Morning Dress, 1902

Afternoon dress, 1903

Walking Suit, 1905-1910

Tea Gown, 1905

Evening Gown, 1905

All images and quotes taken from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Costume Institute.



Sophie Turner attended the 2017 Met Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday (1st May) in New York City.

The ‘Game of Thrones’ actress stunned in an off-white and nude lace applique motif Louis Vuitton gown, which also featured feminine ruffled shoulder trains that floated behind her. Repossi earrings, swept-back locks and shimmery eyes finished off her look.

Jeweled heels


These are Art Deco period heels referred to as “jeweled heels”. They are a sample from a time when heels were custom-ordered. With enamel manufacturing put to practical use on shoes since the end of the 18th century, and the implementation of Bakelite and similar resin treatments in 1909, the heels radiate a glossy shine. Moreover, they show the subtle workmanship of geometric designs, and limestone and metal bead application, At that time in Paris, couturier and artisans specializing in custom-order footwear created luxurious shoes. Craftsmen who signed their names on shoe designs, like Andre Perugia, also appeared. Then, in the 1920s, Western European women began exposing the leg below the knees for the first time. When compared to the existence of footwear up until that period, this becomes an important matter. Shoes which utilize functionality paired with small engraved designs and various historic moldings. Of these shoes, 1920s footwear that reflects art deco designs can be said to exhibit a special charm equal to a kind of objet d'art.

The Kyoto Costume Institute

Photo by Takashi Hatakeyama


The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Costume Institute


More embroidered petticoats!

Remember that post with two embroidered petticoats? Well, I found some more and now I TOTALLY NEED ONE!

Images from top:

  1. “Macaroni” jacket and embroidered skirt, late 18th century, France.
  2. Jacket and embroidered green petticoat, Kyoto Costume Institute.
  3. Silk & metallic thread embroidery and bobbin lace on silk petticoat, ca. 1760, Portugal, LACMA.
  4. Linen petticoat with wool embroidery, mid 18th century, New England, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
  5. Cotton petticoat with silver embroidery, late 18th century, New Spain (Mexico), National Museum of History.
  6. Linen petticoat with wool embroidery, mid 18th century, America, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston.