Exploring the reciprocal relationship between high fashion and evolving ideals of beauty, The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion focuses on iconic models of the twentieth century and their roles in projecting, and sometimes inspiring, the fashion of their respective eras. The exhibition, organized by historical period from 1947 to 1997, will feature haute couture and ready-to-wear masterworks accompanied by fashion photography and video footage of models who epitomized their epochs.
In a prescreening discussion, the fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi speaks with Curator Harold Koda and guest co-curator Kohle Yohannan about the 1995 documentary Unzipped. The film, Isaac tells us, caught him at a crucial juncture in his career, and followed him as he rallied his talent, his team, and his friends the supermodels. Canny, honest, and always funny, Isaac reveals the muses who live in his head, the models who inspire him, and how director Douglas Keeve came to capture the buildup to one of Isaac's most memorable fashion moments.
Harold Koda, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Kohle Yohannan, independent curator and author of Claire McCardell and John Rawlings: 30 Years in Vogue
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Editor: Kate Farrell | Camera: Jessica Glass