News | Exhibition at the Bass Museum - Vanitas: Fashion and Art

March 13, 2014 – July 20, 2014

Curated by Harold Koda, the celebrated Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Vanitas: Fashion and Art examines the theme of vanitas as expressed by avant garde ready-to-wear and haute couture fashion and contemporary artworks. Traditionally used to refer to a type of still life painting popular in the Netherlands during the seventeenth century, the term ‘vanitas’ has become more generally associated with art that meditates on the ephemeral character of earthly pleasures and worldly accomplishments, and highlights the fragility of our desires in the face of the inevitability of death. ][Today, a number of artists address similar themes across a range of media. Moreover, with its accelerated cycle of obsolescence, explicit manifestation of status and material success, and potential for narcissistic self-regard, fashion is a particularly apt medium through which to explore the exhibition’s central theme.

Pieces by Elsa Schiaparelli, Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Isaac Mizrahi, Yohji Yamamoto, Iris van Herpen, Jasper Conran and Philip Treacy will also be on display, among others.
www.bassmuseum.org/art/vanitas-fashion-and-art/