Even just the exterior of the MET is beautiful. From fashion to ancient art, they have it all. In fact, this is the largest museum in all of the United States. The area that I spent the most amount of time in was the technology and fashion exhibit. It is weird to think that some of the gowns featured were from the early 2000s, when that does not seem that long ago, but then again that was over a decade ago. I found myself wanting to take pictures of everything at first instead of really being able to take in the beauty of each item being displayed. After taking pictures of almost every gown, I went back to examine all of the time and effort that would have gone in to making each of these gowns. Even transporting each gown seemed like it would be labor intensive. Karl Laugerfeld had designed some of the most breathtaking Chanel gowns. One in particular was the wedding dress in the center right when you walked in, with the longest train I have ever seen. Other dresses were completely made of flowers head to toe. One was made of straws, material that looked like bone, spikey items, metal, etc.
Top Designers featured included: Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent
My other favorite was all of the dresses made from 3D printing. The concept is still new to me, but it is amazing. Literally any design can come to life with the 3D printing, and it has opened a lot of creative doors for fashion.
Why this is important to Fashion: Ready to wear is such a big part of fashion today, that people usually don’t take the time to appreciate Haute Couture. It is very time consuming, and available to a small portion of the elite. Classics such as the Chanel suit, will forever go down in history, and this is a beautiful and respectful place to showcase them. The MET Gala which is held at the MET is also a huge event for fashion each year. What everyone is wearing is immediately highly praised or scorned by the public eye and all over social media the night of. This even is invitation only, and is held to raise money for the Costume Institute. This would be the peak of fashion for any designer when each celebrity goes up to the news and they ask “So what are you wearing tonight?” and they then tell the world of the designer’s name. Although the museum isn’t all clothing, items such as old statues and vases still influence fashion and art.