I went to the exhibit “Extreme Beauty” at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute yesterday. The exhibit focuses on how fashion over the centuries has fetishized various body parts.
Go see this exhibit. There is some pretty amazing stuff to see. Yes some of it is just plain weird but some amazing fabrics, astounding use of fabrics and blow you out of the water techniques. There is a catalog available but seeing the clothes up clkose is just no substitute.
A further FYI – one of New York’s best Consignment shops is just a block away from the museum, Encore on Madison Avenue @ 84th, upstairs from Schweitzer’s Linens. It is almost worth a trip to New York just for this place. Seeing and trying on clothes that normally cost in the thousands of dollars is quite wonderful. (I nearly bought an Escada micro-pleated long black skirt – but couldn’t justify the $85 pricetag. It looked and felt so good. I knew that I could live without the saphire blue plunging necklined randolph duke for $60 even though i would have had to invest at least that in underclothing to fit underneath) Encore has a new next door neighbor – BIS that also carries top of the line stuff.
The best of the designer stuff shows great minds at work with details so lovely they could make you cry. On the other hand, some other designers clearly spend most of their money on advertising and skimp on workmanship. Calvin Klein and donna Karan are the worst offenders in this respect.
Zoran (no advertising budget at all) is simply astounding.