Photo: Irving Solero and Jennifer ParkS
and I stuck around our neighborhood during the day on Saturday again, this time going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
which is a 15 minute hop, skip and jump from our tiny apartment. While I have tons of photos that I took there that I still need to go through, I had to post about the costume exhibit there currently which is ending soon (September 4th) which blew me away. When I say it was one of the best costume exhibits I have ever seen and experienced I am not exaggerating even a little bit.
I had no expectations for it since I hadn't been to the Met in a while and oddly enough, had no clue that this exhibit even was running (I am ashamed of this fact actually). The exhibit's name is AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion and instead of housing it in the dreary basement of the Met where most of the Costume Institute's exhibits are (which I personally get very turned off by since everything is behind glass and no matter how atmospheric they try to make things, it just feels like being at a clothing zoo (an old time zoo) minus the alive factor if that makes sense) they put it in the open in the English Period Rooms section of the Met on the 1st Floor which created a very eerie and amazing effect.
Not only did putting it in the period rooms make it extraordinary but the lighting was AMAZING. The rooms were dimly lit creating a very impressive, dramatic effect. You travel through the rooms as if you are an eyewitness to these amazing scenes and the experience is viscerally chill inducing.
Since photography was prohibited there, I dug up the best photos I could find that would give a glimpse into the nature of the exhibit along with explanations from the curator, Andrew Bolton.
** A note, the following professional photos are excellent and do their best to show the dramatic exhibit but it should be stated that the rooms were very dark in person so if you can imagine the lighting in such a way, that would do it more justice. ( Collapse )