Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion Part I

Art, Fashion

Happy Monday and I hope everyone’s weekend was well! Mine was great and filled with museum trips! I had the opportunity to attend and see The Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s newest exhibition, Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion. It was simply breathtaking and I enjoyed how the exhibition started with a Viktor and Rolf Fall 2015 Couture gown featured in the entrance. Then as you enter the actual exhibition, you see another beautiful ball gown from the all-star duo. These two pieces are starting points to the exhibition because they display the gowns as art pieces.The entrance piece is a gown, which can be hung as a painting and the ball gown is perfectly cut somewhat like a sculpture.

The Met’s curator, Andrew Bolton tells the story how fashion has become an art form beginning in the eighteenth century. France became the center in creating exquisite detailed garments because of King Louis XIV. Here are two pieces from the era:

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You can tell the craftsmanship to the garments by their structure and careful pleating to exaggerate the woman’s figure. British men also, were fashionable then, here are two coat-like outfits they would wearing:

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During this time, the men’s fashion would be called, Dandy due to the pompousness and polished look of the men’s outfits. You can learn more about the history of the Dandy man by watching this British GQ YouTube video here. It is interesting to see how the modern Dandy has transformed today.

Then as you walk further, there is a section on nineteenth century clothing. Bolton curates, “Fashion of this era reflect the tension between the embrace of new technologies and nostalgia for a preindustrial past, as seen in the revival of historical styles and the continued importance of fine handwork.” One gown that stood out to me was created by the House of Worth.

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You can see how it is less exaggerated by the wast unlike the first two eighteenth gowns. There is more detail toward the bust and waist. However, the draping is similar to the other gowns.

The early twentieth century pieces became more exciting to see since the art evolved more so. I adore the Charles James’ “La Sirene” Evening Dress or known as “the lobster dress.” He is a master at his skill and I love the pleating. You can see it here:

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Another designer I could not keep my eyes off was Elsa Schiaparelli’s “Cocteau” Evening Jacket and Skirt. The illustration of the woman is beautifully done and it is not too overbearing to the outfit. I like how the design moves and the structure of the skirt’s pleats cascade perfectly below the knees. You can picture Katherine Hepburn or Lauren Bacall wear this.

The picture to the bottom right is a printed dress made by Salvador Dali. It made me so in awe because I wish more artists collaborated with designers more. I know H&M and UNIQULO tend to have art collaborations. However, I mean there should be another a great partnership between artist and designer like Dali and MGM costume designer, Gilbert Adrian. I love this dress because it is eye catching and the art speaks for itself. The print gives the dress a bold statement and that is what fashion and art is — expressing oneself.

 

For now, I will finish this blog post and write a part II. Please be sure to keep an eye out for it!

-km xoxo

 

 

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The Met’s Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion

Art, Fashion, News

I am always on the hunt for a next great exhibition coming up and I finally came a upon a new fashion exhibition! The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be showcasing Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion and it will open Friday, Nov. 18th.

This is a special exhibition because the gowns and clothing on display are designers’ representations of art. I am really excited to see how it is curated and to learn how these designers changed the art world through fashion. I know some people think fashion isn’t an art form, but they are wrong. Fashion is a sector of art and a way to express the culture and world we live today. I am pretty confident that once everyone goes to this exhibition they will have a better understanding as fashion as an art form.

Make sure you attend The Met and the exhibition lasts until Sunday, Feb. 5th.

-km xoxo

#TheMetUnfinished

Art

I had the opportunity to visit The Met Breuer  Friday, September 2nd after my internship because I really wanted to see its exhibition, Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible and I needed to go to The Met Fifth Ave. Museum for my Modern New York Art Class. Not to fret, I will type up a post relating to that visit soon too.

However, the Unfinished exhibition was unique to see because it was a clever and innovative way to see a variety of artists’ process creating a piece. The third floor had classical modern artists and then by the fourth floor it would gradually transition into the abstract artists.

Personally, I think the part II of the exhibition was my favorite because of the heavy amount of abstract artists like Alberto Giacometti, Jackson Pollock to Jasper Johns. Also, I enjoy looking at abstract art because it challenges and makes me think more what the piece is really about.

For instance,  Alberto Giacometti’s Annette (1961) was very haunting and dark. It reminded me of an ad from FX’s American Horror Story. Frankly, when I read the Met’s description, it the woman is Giacometti’s wife. It seems as if he was outlining his wife as a painting sketch. The painting looks more raw rather than too over worked.

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An over worked example would be Jackson Pollock’s Number 28 (1950) because there are smudges to fix some of the drippings he was adding. His struggle and irritation with this piece is fascinating. Maybe the medium he was using was not up to his standards.

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Yet, one painting I obsessed over was Jasper Johns’ Voice (1964/1967). It was simplistic and looked like a concrete pavement. The ironic thing about this piece is it is not complete. I could not stop thinking about why is there a spoon a fork hanging at the side. But, then I kept looking and noticed the word, “voice” is written on the bottom of the window wiper like branch. Then it hit me, it is about loosing a voice since society wants the people to be perfect and the people’s voice does not matter. Maybe, we are loosing our appetite to keep our voice too.

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My first time visiting The Met Breuer was not a disappointment and I was glad to understand the iconic artists more.

-km xoxo

 

 

Manus x Machina

Art, Fashion

I tend to see fashion more as an art form and this is why I am writing about The Metropolitian Museum of Art‘s latest exhibition Manus x Machina on the kcmhappy website — rather than the kcmhappyfashion website.

Before I went back to Los Angeles for summer break, my best friend Kelvin and I went on our end-of-the-year city trips. We normally visit a museum exhibition and have dinner after. Last year, we attended The Whitney Museum‘s grand opening and here is the link to read more about that journey.

May 6, we went to see The Met’s Manus x Machina exhibition and it was glorious. I did not realize how simplistic the exhibition was going to be. Each section of Manus x Machina took the viewer on the journey how couture evolved and the different technique applications were made or perceived.For instance, there were application sections of feather, pattern, floral, leather, drape and lace works.

I enjoyed learning about the new applications as well — especially from Iris van  Herpen. She has made and worked with architects to create gowns from a 3-D printer. It is similar to how an artist uses mix media in their art like Jackson Pollock to Robert Rauschenberg. Herpen is one of the new modernists in the fashion world. She is my new favorite designer.

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However, two Ensembles I could not keep my eyes off were from Victor & Rolf and Comme des Garcons. The pattern making and draping from both had a simplicity and craftsmanship. These two were breathtaking to see. Also, there were quotes written near each piece and explaining why how their designs were made.

“I express a concept to patternmakers in words or through nuance. Design starts with how my staff interprets the concept,” designer and founder of Comme des Garcons Rei Kawakubo said. “The patterners are  in fact designing. We don’t apply the usual patterning routine to our conceptual making process. It is just cumbersome.”

Here is a photo of the garments:

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I admired how curator, Andrew Bolton wanted the exhibition to focus on the garments and to slow down the fashion world. He did it justice and when Kelvin and I went — people were observing each garment tremendously. The couture pieces spoke themselves. It just saddened us how there were this group of women constantly taking photos of themselves with the exhibition pieces only for social media.

Manus x Machina will be on view to the public until August 14, 2016 and it is a must-see!

-km xoxo

 

China: Through The Looking Glass Exhibition

Art, Fashion

It is great to be back in New York and I am so happy I was able to visit the city this weekend. My friend, Bruna and I went to The Metropolitan Museum of Art because she has never been there before. It was a lovely time and we saw the exhibition, China: Through The Looking Glass.

The curation of the exhibition was whimsical and enlightening. I could not believe my eyes and the Anna Wintour Costume Center was anything I could have imagined. I was not able to attend the Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibition last year and going to this year’s makes up for the loss.

The exhibition was a combination of East meets West. There was a room that accentuates the theme in a garden with floating mannequins on water. The metaphor of how the theme of Through the Looking Glass can relate to Buddhism in China. The setting had a calm and captivating atmosphere and it reflected mood of the other visitors.

There were a large amount of clothing and artifacts. I took so many pictures and looked carefully at each dress. The amount of detail of past and present designs from different eras is phenomenal. I was in awe and there was this Alexander McQueen evening gown made out of porcelain and organza. The mosaic application was carefully thought out in the bodice of the dress. Also, the neck piece added a regal detail to the gown.

Another dress I could keep my eyes off was the Evening Dress by Guo Pei. The gown is made from gold lamé and gold/silver silk. The Pei creation makes a regal statement and shines throughout the room. Every part of the dress is detailed and you cannot keep your eyes off of it.

Here are some photos of my favourites:

Enjoy!

-km xoxo

Vogue’s NYC Guide

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I am currently back in the beautiful state of New York for school again. Yes, time flies and moving on to year three. Insane!

Whenever I am back in the Big Apple, I always constantly look and read what is going on in the city. Luckily, thanks to Vogue.com, there is a New York City Guide and it is perfection!

You can narrow your searches on the page. There are many sections to choose from of what you want to do in the city. For example, under the city you have selected, there are two search engines after and the viewer can choose activities to where to go vintage shopping. Plus, the user can decide their favourite curator as their guide.

Hopefully this weekend I will have the chance to go back to the city. I am mostly going to use the guide for activities and dining. So, we shall see how it goes!

However, I still need to visit the exhibition, China: Through The Looking Glass and the it closes Monday, September 7.

I was so happy that The Metropolitan Museum of Art extended the fashion exhibition due to popular demand.

Do not forget to keep an eye out for my blog post on the exhibition this weekend!

-km xoxo