Readers, today I finally got my a** over to the Manus x Machina exhibit at the Met Museum Costume Institute.
Many MPB readers from even thousands of miles away had managed to get there, couldn't I? To be honest, these big Met museum blockbuster shows are not my thing. Yes, they're bursting with extraordinary treasures, but there's simply too much show (more than 170 ensembles), too many people, and I never end up having as good as a time as I have at an FIT exhibit one-fifth the size, like say, Uniformity, which we saw last Saturday on MPB Day.
I arrived at the museum before noon and, while the exhibit was busy, it wasn't as crowded as I'd feared. I saw some fantastic gowns -- in fact, the exhibit is mostly couture gowns, created with the most extraordinary workmanship imaginable, done both by hand and by machine (which is the point of the exhibit). Still, it felt overwhelming: like sitting down to a tray of six dozen cupcakes when you only wanted to savor one or two; I lost my appetite.
|Yves Saint Laurent|
Having just taken a draping class, I think I enjoyed seeing the Charles James toiles (below) most of all. I'd love to hear what you thought of the show if you've seen it already (it closes first week of September).
Many excellent photos (not mine) from the show here.
In other news, yesterday at Kinokuniya bookstore, I treated myself to a copy of the new men's Japanese pattern book, Men's Clothes for All Seasons. This little softcover has patterns for more than twenty garments: shirts, jackets, pants, pajamas, boxers -- you name it. I love the layout and styling -- clean and preppy -- and I'm excited to try some of the patterns in the months ahead.
Next up, here are a few more jacket pics. There was some question about whether the wool knit I used is actually camo or houndstooth. It does seem like the individual elements echo houndstooth, though clearly the colors and arrangement are more camo-like (or, as someone suggested, digitized camo). A big thank you to MPB reader SJKurtz for coining the term camotooth. I think I'll use that moving forward.
|This is true houndstooth.|
And that's it! I'll be on vacation next week, but will be back the week after. I'll be posting to Instagram in the meantime -- lobster pics by Wednesday I'm sure!
Have a great day, everybody!
|Embellishment-free Courreges -- refreshing!|