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Black metal: halston designed this hat in black net and enameled metal as part of his first “complete look” collection for @bergdorfs. originally a milliner in their custom salon, halston began designing clothing for the department store before leaving to start his own company in 1968. the costume institute collections mounting team recently updated the hat’s storage mount. // hat, american, halston, mid-1960s; gift of paul roebling in memory of olga bellin roebling (1988.138.3). #themet #costumeinstitute #collectionscare

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Happy birthday, liberace! this rhinestone suit, currently on display in “camp: notes on fashion,” was one of his favorites and worn during his tours in the 1970s—most notably at the las vegas hilton. liberace later had a rhinestone baldwin grand piano and rhinestone duesenberg made to match. // ensemble, michael travis (american, 1928–2014), 1982; courtesy liberace foundation, thanks to chloe flower. #themet #costumeinstitute #metcamp

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What is camp? andrew bolton, curator in charge, says “camp is inherently subjective. and that’s part of the power and part of its charm, the fact that it’s always changing.” #themet #costumeinstitute #metcamp

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Opening day: enter into the world of camp from today to september 8. 📷: hilty #themet #costumeinstitute #metcamp

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What goes into getting a dress that measures 9 feet in diameter exhibition-ready? head to our instagram stories to follow this viktor + rolf dress’s journey into the “camp: notes on fashion” galleries. // viktor + rolf (dutch, founded 1993), evening dress, spring/summer 2019 haute couture. courtesy of viktor + rolf. 📷: hilty #themet #costumeinstitute #metcamp

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Thank you to our co-chairs @ladygaga, @alessandro_michele of @gucci, @harrystyles, @serenawilliams, and #annawintour. yesterday’s costume institute benefit, also known as the #metgala, is the main source of annual funding for the department and celebrated the opening of “camp: notes on fashion.” // 📷: 1. © 2019 kevin mazur/getty images 2. © 2019 kevin tachman/getty images #themet #costumeinstitute #metcamp

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First look at “camp: notes on fashion.” the exhibition opens this thursday! #themet #costumeinstitute #metcamp

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@paridukovic captures camp’s extravagant spirit for the may 13 issue of @newyorkermag, featuring an armani privé ensemble from the fall 2018 haute couture collection. #themet #costumeinstitute #metcamp

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#metcamp opens in one week! “[camp is]…a sensibility that, among other things, converts the serious into the frivolous.” –susan sontag, 1964 // dress, jeremy scott (american, born 1975) for house of moschino (italian, founded 1983), spring/summer 2017; courtesy of moschino. photo © johnny dufort, 2019 #themet #costumeinstitute

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Melina plottu, associate conservator, conserved this rare mid-18th century velvet waistcoat to prepare it for display in the sontagian gallery of #metcamp. the garment is made of voided ciselé velvet lined with a light blue plush fabric. the treatment involved custom-dyeing silk fabric and threads to precisely match the original fabric, which was then used to stabilize holes. // ensemble, british, ca. 1740; purchase, irene lewisohn bequest, 1977 (1977.309.1a, b). #themet #costumeinstitute #fashionconservation

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Feathered friends: “camp is a woman walking around in a dress made of three million feathers.” -susan sontag, 1964 // #themet #costumeinstitute #metcamp

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On may 21, pierpaolo piccioli will join journalist alina cho for the next #atelieralinacho for a conversation about his views on fashion and its narrative power. for tickets, click the link in bio. 📷: pierpaolo piccioli by alastair nicol for vogue international #themet #costumeinstitute

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