Saturday, April 27th 6:00 p.m. – 8:00p.m.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
Join fashion historian Katy Werlin for a guided tour of Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity. This special exhibit presents a revealing look at the role of fashion in the works of the Impressionists and their contemporaries. Some eighty major figure paintings, seen in concert with period costumes, accessories, fashion plates, photographs, and popular prints, highlight the vital relationship between fashion and art during the pivotal years, from the mid-1860s to the mid-1880s, when Paris emerged as the style capital of the world.
This stunning survey, anchored by many of the most celebrated works of the Impressionist era, illustrates the extent to which artists responded to the dictates of fashion between the 1860s, when admiring critics dubbed Monet’s portrait of his future wife “The Green Dress,” and the mid-1880s, when Degas capped off his famous series of milliners and Seurat pinpointed the vogue for the emphatic bustle.
Alongside both masculine and feminine costumes, a full complement of period photographs and illustrations serve to vivify the ongoing dialogue between fashion and art, and afford a sense of the late nineteenth-century Parisian milieu that inspired, provoked, and nurtured the talents—and often the ambitions—of the painters of modern life.
The Tour: Ms. Werlin will meet tour participants inside the museum alongside the famous grand staircase. Please arrive promptly and purchase your ticket(s) before hand. Recommended admission prices can be found at the museum website: http://www.metmuseum.org/visit/hours-and-admission .
This tour has a maximum capacity of 25 people. Though tickets for the museum can be purchased in advance, the only way to guarantee a place on the tour is to show up at least 15 minutes early. After the tour there will be ample time for extended viewing of the exhibit.
As the official NYNCS guide for this exhibit, Ms. Werlin has final decision on content, format, and participation in this event.