Exhibition Review: About Time: Fashion and Duration

This past weekend I had the true treat of a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and saw the Costume Institute’s 2020 special exhibition About Time: Fashion and Duration.

The exhibition, originally supposed to debut at the beginning of the summer, picked the concept of time in honor of the Met’s 150 year anniversary. The exhibition plays with the concept of time by creating a timeline of fashion with pieces from the Costume Institute collection starting from 1870 to present day.

A 1901 riding jacket is paired with this Loui Vuitton piece from 2018.

A timeline moves through two rooms and each garment is on display with a counter-piece. The oldest garments in the collection were paired with a newer “interpretation” of the same silhouette, detail, or concept.

A pink Coco Chanel suit from 1963 is compared to a black version designed by Karl Lagerfeld in 1994.

It was also fun to see how designers were represented on the timeline, like Elsa Shiaparellia who appeared first as a “newer” garment paired with an 1870 garment, and then later appeared as the older garment paired with 1978 Yves Saint Laurent jacket. Picture above, an original Coco Chanel suit from 1963 is paired with a 1994 Chanel suit designed under Karl Lagerfeld.

A 3-d printed ballgown from Iris Van Herpen, 2012, is paired with a Charles James ball gown from 1951.

As we reached the end of the timeline, newer couture pieces were paired with a historic piece. New technologies were paired with classic silhouettes demonstrating that the exaggerated pieces we see on the runaway are often rooted in very old ideas.

The Costume Institute exhibit runs through February 7th. One note: due to COVID-19 restrictions, both the museum and the exhibition require an advanced ticket (as does the Met’s Making the Met: 1870-2020 exhibition). Be sure to reserve both tickets in advance for in order to gain admission.

Seeking Blog Contributors for 2021!

The ARLIS FTC blog is seeking additional contributors for 2021!

The ARLIS Fashion Textile and Costume Special Interest Group is currently seeking members who are willing to commit to blogging. FTC bloggers should commit to writing one post a quarter for a minimum of one year. If you are interested in being a regular blogger for FTC, please fill out the form here by January 30th, 2021.

ARLIS FTC members already have access to contribute content to this blog and are encouraged to post announcements and individual posts in this space.

Please note that you do need to be an FTC SIG member in order to sign up, but you do need to be current member of ARLIS/NA!

Introducing Co-Vice Moderator Caetllonn Seadjwyc!

Caetllonn Seadjwyc recently acquired her MLIS from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to embarking on a career in librarianship, she designed, manufactured, and sold her jewellery collection throughout both Canada and the US, among many other endeavors. Caetllonn has long since demonstrated an affinity for all things fashion, textile, and costume related, most recently evidenced by an ever-expanding series of style-related Pinterest boards and far too many pieces of vintage fabric tucked away in her storage closet. 


“I’m delighted to be part of a community that is as interested and inspired by garments and the many varied stories they tell—some frivolous, some political, but always intriguing—as I am! I look forward to interacting with as many FTC SIG members as possible during my time as a co-vice moderator… and beyond, too.”

Last Day for Contributing Writers!

Today is the deadline for contributing writers!

The ARLIS Fashion Textile and Costume Special Interest Group is currently seeking members who are willing to commit to blogging. FTC bloggers should commit to writing one post a quarter for a minimum of one year. If you are interested in being a regular blogger for FTC, please fill out the form here by June 30th, 2020.

ARLIS FTC members already have access to contribute content to this blog and are encouraged to post announcements and individual posts in this space.

Please note that you do need to be an ARLIS FTC member in order to sign up!

Fashion, Textile, and Costume SIG Annual Meeting 2020 Summary

The ARLIS/NA 2020 Conference in-person conference was canceled in early March and instead ARLIS/NA held a virtual membership meeting on April 22nd, 2020 (recording here). Special Interest Groups were asked to schedule their own virtual membership meetings for their members.

The Fashion, Textile, and Costume Special Interest Group held their meeting on Thursday May 7th. At this meeting we:

  • Thanked Shannon Robinson and Olivia Warschaw for their guidance as Co-Moderators for the previous year and presented the annual report
  • Discussed the status of old and finished projects (including the finalization of migrating all Fashion Librarian’s Resources Guide to this platform)
  • Solicited new contributors for this blog (apply here)
  • Angela E. Weaver, Fine & Performing Arts Librarian at the University of Puget Sound, presented on her digital casebook project La France Sauvée ou le Tyran Détrôné: A Dramaturgical Casebook
  • Bloomsbury rep Selina Mahar presented on updated and upcoming products

This year will undoubtedly be new territory for everyone in every industry but I look forward to navigating it with you all.

Lauren Bradley
Moderator
Fashion, Textiles, and Costume SIG