‘Death Becomes Her’ Opens Today at the Anna Wintour Costume Center

Exhibition photo courtesy of the Anna Wintour Costume Center

To kick off reinstatement of its twice yearly exhibitions,the Met’s Anna Wintour Costume Center introduces Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire, opening today.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, fashion and etiquette deemed what was appropriate and in style for mourners to wear in the days, weeks, months, and years following the death of a loved one or prominent figure. On view are examples of these black pieces — including a wedding gown for wartime — along with text to contextualize the styles.

Reads one,

“Black is more than ever the favorite color of fashion. There was a time–our mothers will remember it–when the sole fact of wearing a black dress when one was not in mourning was sufficient to call forth a kind of reprobation, and to cause the wearer to be classed among the dangerously eccentric women.”

— Harper’s Bazaar, 1879

Let’s just say things are different now.

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire is on view at the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Met from today through February 1, 2015. 1000 Fifth Avenue, NYC.

STYLE SCOOP: A Wang Grows in Brooklyn

Is Manhattan not good enough for you anymore, Alex? Alexander Wang is moving his show to Brooklyn this coming season (as far away from Lincoln Center as possible, amiright?) He’s moving all the way to the Duggal Greenhouse near the Brooklyn Navy Yards. Quite the trek, but Wang is worth it.

Ms. Anna Wintour will now have part of the Met named after her – the Costume Institute will reopen this spring as the Anna Wintour Costume Center. 

The CFDA announced its newest Incubator crew. World, say hello to A Peace Treaty, Dezso, Isa Tapia, Kaelen, Kara by Sarah Law, Katie Ermilio, Lucio Castro, Nomia, Nonoo, and Orley.

And Lena Dunham’s February Vogue cover is here.



Punks Fretting Over The Met’s Upcoming Punk Fashion Exhibit

An exhibition on punk music’s influence on fashion is headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute this May, which is great news for those of us who loved the Met’s Alexander McQueen exhibit and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London’s exhibit on Vivienne Westwood. But not everyone is so excited about Punk: Chaos To Couture.

Young Kim, the widow of godfather of punk Malcolm McLaren, said the exhibit is riddled with inaccuracies and mispellings of names. A fashion writer and expert on punk clothing, Paul Gorman, also criticized the Met’s work on the exhibit, suggesting standards were a bit slack. Both are questioning the authenticity of some of the clothes in the exhibit, which is explained in detail in this Guardian UK piece.

Some of Kim’s complaints about the Punk: Chaos To Couture are fruitless, if not outright silly: she faults the Met for not "engaging" McLaren for the exhibit, who died in 2010, while he was still alive. It would be lovely indeed if anyone who could help with a museum exhibition was alive to assist, but that’s usually not how museums work.

But their points are fair and well-noted. Fortunately the Met still has almost three months until Punk: Chaos to Couture opens to the general public to address them.

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FashionFeed: Zac is Back, Hermes Returns

● After presenting his mainline collection in Paris for the past two seasons, designer Zac Posen will show at Lincoln Center on September 11. [Style] ● The Hermes semi-annual sample sale returns to Soiffer Haskins on September 22 through 25. [Racked NY] ● Enter to win a VIP trip for two to Los Angeles for the American Music Awards when you purchase a Swag Like Us tee from Neiman Marcus. [NMdaily]

● Next spring’s Costume Institute exhibition at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art will celebrate the work of fashion designers Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli. We can’t wait to see what that means for the annual Met Ball. [WWD] ● Behold the latest eyewear collection from Linda Farrow, in collaboration with lingerie aficionados Agent Provocateur. Highsnobette] ● Ever the digital age supporter, designer Prabal Gurung has revealed a new online-only campaign. [Fashionista]