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@metcostumeinstitute   We exhibit, conserve, study, and house the world’s most comprehensive costume collection, offering an unrivaled timeline of fashion history.

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Happy birthday to Zandra Rhodes! Her seminal “Conceptual Chic” collection offered a more refined take on the rips, chains, and safety pins adorning punks on the King’s Road in London at the time. Rhodes, who has been credited as the first to integrate punk aesthetics into luxury fashion, said she was responding to the zeitgeist, inspired by the “vibrations” in the air. // Punk Wedding Dress, Zandra Rhodes (British, born 1940), 1977; Gift of Zandra Rhodes, in honor of Harold Koda, 2016 (2016.562a, b). #TheMet #CostumeInstitute

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The #CostumeInstitute ’s Collections and Conservation staff often collaborate with colleagues at other museums to share their expertise. Here, Tae In Ahn, Collections Specialist at #TheCostumeInstitute and Rachael Lee, Textile Conservation Display Specialist at the Victoria and Albert Museum, work on storage solutions for various hats, including a stackable mount for a Balenciaga picture hat with an additional brim. #TheMet #fashionconservation

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On the move: After the close of #MetCamp , objects were carefully transported to our Conservation Lab for undressing and condition checks. The Mugler “Venus” made her way through the Greek and Roman galleries with some help from Glenn Petersen, Conservator, and Ben Klemes, Installation Assistant. The mannequins are protected with Tyvek, secured on a stand, and stabilized on the rolling cart for safe travel. // “Venus” Ensemble, Thierry Mugler (French, born 1948), fall/winter 1995–96 haute couture; Courtesy of Mugler Archives. #TheMet #CostumeInstitute

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This Alexander McQueen "Oyster Dress” from the "Irere” collection is comprised of hundreds of graduated layers of ivory organza. The unfinished raw edges of the miles of ruffled silk create the wavy and textured effect of the voluminous skirt, evoking a giant mollusk. Swipe through for detail images of skirt. // Dress, Alexander McQueen (British, 1969–2010), Alexander McQueen (British, founded 1992), spring/summer 2003; Purchase, Gould Family Foundation Gift, in memory of Jo Copeland, 2003 (2003.462). #TheMet #CostumeInstitute

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In memory of Marina Schiano, who passed away at the age of 71. Known as a longtime muse of Yves Saint Laurent, she served as an executive vice president of the company and embodied the ideal YSL woman—independent and confident. She donated YSL pieces from her personal wardrobe to The #CostumeInstitute , including these boots from the late 1960s. // Boots, Yves Saint Laurent, Paris (French, founded 1961), Yves Saint Laurent (French (born Algeria) Oran 1936–2008 Paris), late 1960s; Gift of Marina Schiano, 1986 (1986.328.30a, b).

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Karl Lagerfeld was born #onthisday. This sheath was presented in Lagerfeld’s last collection as the head designer of Chloé in 1984. Always aware of the reflexive and symbolic potential of fashion, Lagerfeld conceived the garments as an homage to the needleworkers who produced them. See this on view #InPursuitofFashion : The Sandy Schreier Collection, opening November 27. // Dress, Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Germany, 1938–2019) for Chloé (French, founded 1952), spring/summer 1984; Promised gift of Sandy Schreier. Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope #TheMet #CostumeInstitute

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“Camp: Notes on Fashion” closed yesterday. Thank you to all of our visitors! For a look back at behind the scenes, events, and more, head to the #MetCamp highlights in our profile. // Left: Evening dress, Viktor & Rolf (Dutch, founded 1993), fall/winter 2005–6; courtesy of Viktor & Rolf. Right: Coat, Hedi Slimane (French, born 1968), Yves Saint Laurent (French, founded 1961), fall/winter 2016–17; collection of Lynn Ban. #TheMet #CostumeInstitute

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Today is the last day to view #MetCamp ! “As Sontag observed in her essay: ‘Camp is, above all, a mode of enjoyment, of appreciation – not judgment.’ In the end, the ultimate purpose of camp is to put a smile on our faces and a warm glow in our hearts.” –Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The #CostumeInstitute // 📹: BFA.com #TheMet

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Glenn Petersen, Conservator, builds a mount for this swan headpiece by Stephen Jones for Giles Deacon. Made from delicate feathers, its large size requires a custom-made internal mount to stabilize it. Swipe to see it on view in #MetCamp , closing tomorrow. // Headpiece, Stephen Jones (British, born 1957) for Giles Deacon (British, born 1969), spring/summer 2012; courtesy of Giles Deacon. #TheMet #CostumeInstitute #FashionConservation

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Many of the objects and artists mentioned in Susan Sontag’s “Notes on ‘Camp’” are part of #TheMet ’s collection, with which Sontag was familiar as a frequent visitor to @metmuseum. Head to our Stories to discover objects brought together from the museum’s various curatorial departments, illustrating her camp landscape of “wild(e) indifference.” Only three days left to view #MetCamp !

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