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

The Night We Met: See Met Gala Attendees Transform Into Masterworks

Entrance to the Met Gala may be famously exclusive, but an invitation to join the treasures that hang on its storied walls? That’s a whole different definition of iconic. (Technically it’s the original one.) To celebrate In America: An Anthology of Fashion, director Bardia Zeinali captured various attendees in their gilded, glamorous best as they … Read more

Indigenous Designers Shine in the Met’s Refreshed In America: A Lexicon of Fashion Exhibit

Earlier this month, while walking through In America: A Lexicon of Fashion—the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s current Costume Institute exhibition that opened last September—several guests flocked around a floor-length, silk and stretch-tulle dress on display. Designed by the Native American designer Jamie Okuma, the gown’s diamond-shaped, Parfleche-inspired motifs are certainly head-turners. But for Okuma, who … Read more

How 9 Directors Are Transforming the Met’s Period Rooms for “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”

“I knew I had to take her story on,” says King, who calls Criss Payne “a powerhouse of a woman who broke barriers in the dressmaking industry.” In creating the mise-en-scène, the One Night In Miami… director reimagines a fitting with the designer, sketches in one hand—the other outstretched—and her seamstress pinning the hem of … Read more