Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion
May 3–September 4, 2006
AngloMania focuses on British fashion from 1976 to 2006, a period of astounding creativity and experimentation. Over the past thirty years, British fashion has been defined by a knowing and self-conscious historicism. In their search for novelty, designers have looked to past styles with an appetite that is as audacious as it is rapacious. Focusing on their postmodern, historicizing tendencies, this exhibition presents a series of tableaux based on Britain's rich artistic traditions. The irony of satirical prints, the romance of landscape paintings, and the glamour and bravado of grand manner portraits are evoked through a wide spectrum of British designers. The exhibition is set in the Metropolitan Museum's English period rooms—the Annie Laurie Aitken Galleries—to create a potent dialogue between the past and the present.