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Costume Institute’s fall 2023 exhibition, Women Dressing Women, will celebrate the creativity and artistic legacy of women designers. The exhibition will be on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from December 7, 2023 through March 3, 2024 featuring designers whose fashions are represented in the Museum’s permanent collection
Comprising approximately 80 objects that document the work of more than 70 makers, the exhibition will trace a lineage of influential women-led fashion houses from the 20th century to the present, highlighting the pioneering designers who led them. Designers whose work will be on view include Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons, Adèle Henriette Nigrin Fortuny, Gabriela Hearst, Ann Lowe, Claire McCardell, Pia Davis and Autumn Randolph for No Sesso, Miuccia Prada, Madeleine Vionnet, and Vivienne Westwood, among many others.
Through the exploration of four key notions—anonymity, visibility, agency, and absence/omission—Women Dressing Women will offer a new interpretation of the traditional canon of fashion history and examine the ways in which the industry has served as a powerful vehicle for women’s social, financial, and creative autonomy. Discoveries about the identities, mentorship histories, and connections between women makers throughout history will be explored, providing new insights and an enhanced understanding of their work.