Ann Demeulemeester Shares the Stories Behind the Looks in Her Retrospective at Pitti Uomo

Just what her involvement is has been the subject of much speculation. “I don’t design the clothes anymore, I don’t work with them every day,” Demeulemeester clarified. “[Like] children, you have to let them go and you have to let them be free to find their way. I’m there, I’m not there.” What it comes … Read more

At the Met, an Enrapturing Exhibition on the Kimono Examines Its “Unifying Power”

Summer kimono (hito-e) with swirls. Taishō (1912–26)–Shōwa period (1926–89), 1920s–30s. Printed gauze-weave (ro) silk with twisted wefts. 60 13/16 × 45 in. (154.5 × 114.3 cm). Promised Gift of John C. Weber.Photo: Paul Lachenauer / © The Metropolitan Museum of Art Fireman’s jacket (hikeshi-banten) with Shogun Tarō Yoshikado. Edo period (1615–1868), mid-19th century. Quilted cotton … Read more

“William Klein: Yes” Takes the Artist’s Work Beyond Qui Êtes Vous, Polly Maggoo? and the Pages of Vogue

William Klein, the New York-born, Paris-based multi-hyphenate creative best known as a photographer and film director, is the subject of an extensive monographic exhibition at the ICP. Klein himself titled the show, “Yes,” because, as he told curator David Campany, “I said ‘yes’ to everything. If an opportunity came along and I could do it, … Read more

A Sneak Peek at the Catalog for the Met’s “In America: A Lexicon of Style” Exhibition

Anna-Marie Kellen, Associate Chief Photographer in The Met’s Imaging Department, has photographed selected looks from “Lexicon” on unadorned mannequins, in a way that highlights the objectness and construction of the garments. They are then contextualized by the words that Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, and assistant curator Amanda Garfinkel, … Read more

100 Years On, Designers Are Still Learning From Sonia Delaunay’s Optimistic Use of Color

If you watch fashion like I do, you’ll have noticed that the sheer volume of trends has produced a sort of nostalgia-driven decademania. Today almost every era is simultaneously “in,” though there are spans that rise to the surface. In this new decade, designers have so far focused on the early ’00s, reviving things like … Read more