[Photo from blog.mode]
Last night was the celebration of the opening of "blog.mode: addressing fashion". Fashionites Anna Wintour, Manolo Blahnik, Nancy Gonzalz, and Amy Fine Collins were all there. Confused as to what this blog.mode may be?? It's actually a really interesting interactive idea from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and their Costume Institute made possible by shoe god Mr. Blahnik. They are displaying over 65 fashion pieces from their collection (from a red wool British waist coat circa 1730 to a ruffled gown by Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci's spring/summer 2007 collection, shown above), both physically at the museum, and online on their new blog. They are also setting up computers in the MET where visitors can log onto the blog and express their reactions of the pieces (you can also do this from home each day as a new piece is portrayed). From the creators:
"More than any other art form, fashion is an immediate expression of our zeitgeist. While painting and sculpture can seem removed from our understanding, fashion is so familiar, so ubiquitous to our experience, that it is tangible, accessible, and open to a wide range of interpretations. Individuals who might avoid publicly commenting on a canvas by Picasso or a bronze by Brancusi readily disclose their thoughts about a gown by Galliano or a mule by Blahnik."
These items really do have the ability to transport you back in time, and while it is pretty amazing that people all over the world will have a chance to take part in the fun, you really should check out the exhibit in person if you have a chance. Just like any work of art, these creations are best experienced in real-life. The exhibit and blog will run until April 13.