Fashion Is... gives you a sneak peek into the fashion archives of The Met.

Words by

Sinead Stubbins

Fashion Is…
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Thames and Hudson

If the Met Ball is anything to go by, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is now a bubbling cauldron of fashion inspiration. It makes sense – art offers the perfect time capsule of street style throughout the ages.

You probably didn’t think that ye olde 1800s corsets would make a comeback and then Moulin Rouge was released and, bam! Fashion Is… explores the history of fashion reflected in art, from Qing Dynasty-era paintings of Japanese women in elaborate kimonos and portraits of very serious Spanish men in neck ruffles, to pink, ruffled Vivienne Westwood gowns circa 2006. Neat, huh?

Cataloguing some of the more fashion-heavy pieces in The Met, some of the work – like ancient Egyptian sculptures of a lady in a snappy dress– will surprise you. Because fashion is a legitimate art form, so shut up idiots!

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