On Thursday, October 29th, the highly anticipated "About Time: Fashion and Duration" exhibition finally opens at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Recall that it was postponed from May due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new temporary exhibition is timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of one of the world's main museums and is dedicated to the theme of the passage of time. With its help, the creators of the exhibition try to trace changes in time using the example of fashion. To do this, they have collected exhibits since 1870, the year the museum was founded. The exposition opens with an American mourning dress just this year. Most of the items for the exhibition were selected in black to make it easier to trace the temporary changes using the example of cut and shape. But the final showcase will feature a white dress from the Viktor & Rolf spring-summer 2020 couture collection.Also, a separate emphasis was placed on the work of dark-skinned designers. Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton admitted that during the initial formation of the catalog he did not think about the racial composition of the presented designers, but after the protests within the Black Lives Matter movement, he realized the importance of inclusion and included more work from representatives of other races there. In particular, the stuff of Oliver Shane, founder of Hood by Air, and Stephen Burroughs.
The exhibition was largely inspired by Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando about the protagonist's relationship with time. It was previously announced that excerpts from this book will be read by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore specially for the exhibition. The entire structure of the exhibition is built around the concepts of time by Henri Bergson and Charles Baudelaire, who considered fashion to be the embodiment of modernity. The exhibition halls are built on the basis of the concept of "60 minutes of fashion" and include 60 showcases of 2 looks. Each "minute