The Next Costume Institute Fashion Blockbuster Is Revealed – The New York Times

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Gala-goers, start thinking green.

After pop culture bonanza of this summer’s “Barbie,” hoo-ha surrounding the live action remake of “The Little Mermaid” and the attention paid to anything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, observers could be forgiven for hearing the title of the next at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and think they were in for a Disney spectacle. After all, it is called “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening .” And those princess costumes have been very influential.
But while the show was, indeed, partly inspired by a hot button cultural moment, it’s not a fantasy one.
Rather, it’s a sustainability one.
Specifically, the ephemeral nature of … well, nature. And how captures that literally, in the form of garments inspired by and decorated with flora and fauna, and conceptually, in its endless cycle of in and out, its potential to degrade. Think of it as a show devoted to unsustainable , one that could function as a requiem, a warning sign and a reminder of the fundamental importance of regeneration.
“It’s pretty much an ode to nature,” said Andrew Bolton, curator-in-charge of the and the man behind the idea. “Nature as a metaphor for fashion and for its fragility and its ephemerality.”
Given fashion’s own famously negative impact on the natural world, that’s a little ironic. But Mr. Bolton, who is responsible for such shows as “Camp,” “Heavenly Bodies” and “China Through the Looking Glass,” has never shied away from a controversial theme. The show is also a meta-comment about nature as a source of life and the life that is lost when garments enter a museum and become objects of study, rather than tools for navigating the world.
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