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The Costume Institute's forthcoming exhibit, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” will comprise 250 artifacts from 400 years of history, including 15 important pieces like an 1877 Charles Frederick Worth silk satin ball gown.
The walk-through will also include 17th-century English Elizabethan bodices and 21st-century works by Phillip Lim, Stella McCartney, and Connor Ives. Fashion legends Elsa Schiaparelli, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, and Hubert de Givenchy will also design there.
Many of the pieces will be shown alongside current sartorial works in a core display and three supplementary zones—Land, Sea, and Sky—which Andrew Bolton, curator, says “is very much an ode to nature and the emotional poetics of fashion.”
Technology, from video animation, light projection, and AI to Pepper's ghost, an illusion, will provide an intense sensory experience.
Sissel Tolaas, a Balenciaga collaborator, will create perfumes for the installations, while SHOWstudio creator Nick Knight will consult on the visual presentation.
“This creative show will stretch the frontiers of our imagination and invite us to experience multiple dimensions of a piece, learn more about its history, and appreciate its beauty," says Met CEO Max Hollein to Vogue.