Every year, The Metropolitan Museum unveils its annual fashion exhibition with the most glamorous, star-studded event of the east coast, The Met Gala, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the New York museum to cancel the event and delay the exhibition.
Now, six months later, the museum is unveiling About Time: Fashion and Duration, which is focused on 150 years of fashion, from 1870 to the present, in honor of the museum’s 150th anniversary.
“Fashion is indelibly connected to time. It not only reflects and represents the spirit of the times, but it also changes and develops with the times, serving as an especially sensitive and accurate timepiece. Through a series of chronologies, the exhibition uses the concept of duration to analyze the temporal twists and turns of fashion history,” Andrew Bolton, the curator of the Met’s Costume Institute, said in a press release.
The 2020 Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, was originally scheduled for last May, but did not take place due to the pandemic. The event serves as The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding.
The exhibition will be on display through Feb. 7, but the museum is also offering private virtual tours for $300. These can be booked online and includes up to 40 people per online tour.
New in town: Designer Alvin Valley, also known as the “King of Pants,” is setting up shop in Via Bice this month. The designer has featured his pieces on the island before, but never in his own permanent store. The retail space will feature his perfectly tailored pants, blazers, dresses and tops, and the recent expansion into handbags and jewelry as seen in his spring 2021 collection.
Across the street, another newcomer is celebrating its Palm Beach residence with an exclusive capsule available to locals only.
Ala von Auersperg, who opened a boutique at 312 Worth Ave. in May, has designed four exclusive pieces that will only be available in her Palm Beach store for purchase. The silk kaftan, cotton blouse and two button-up dresses will be released Nov. 14 during the store’s in-store book signing event featuring Danielle Rollins. The store also will feature Auersperg’s latest fall collection, Plumage, inspired by the birds who frequent her Long Island home.
Rollins will be signing copies of her book, A Home for All Seasons: Gracious Living and Stylish Entertaining, from 3 to 5 p.m. next Saturday.