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Why the Costume Institute Matters

dior-chanel-poiretFashion and Costume is a real passion of mine. Readers of this blog will have seen posts covering the fashion shows I have attended, while readers who follow me on Instagram will have been treated to images from my trips to fashion and costume exhibitions. One of the most recent exhibitions was Manus x Machina at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The show, which looked at the reconciliation of hand and machine-made garments in the age of technology, was truly inspiring. I saw the exhibition seven times, and with each viewing I gained a deeper perspective of the works presented. While all the ensembles were a joy to view, there were three looks in particular that stood out to me: Christian Dior’s New Look, Coco Chanel’s Little Black Dress, and a coat by Paul Poiret. These three looks were by no means the most extravagant costumes on display, but to me, they were the most significant. Each of these three fashions revolutionized our world. They changed our culture and society for the better. Being able to see them up close made me realize just how important the work the Costume Institute does is. I was moved to write an essay about my experience at the exhibition and the greater implication fashion and the Costume Institute has on our world. When I received the news that the essay would be published, I was thrilled. To find out “Why the Costume Institute Matters,” head over to Catahoula Zine and check out Issue Four: Fashion!