This new Costume Institute exhibition focuses on the internationally renowned style icon and collection of Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, whose originality and elegance established her as one of the most celebrated fashion personas of the twentieth century. The thematic show features about sixty ensembles of haute couture and ready-to-wear primarily from de Ribes’s personal archive, dating from 1962 to the present. Also included are her creations for fancy-dress balls, which she often made by cutting her haute couture gowns designed by others to create a personal nuanced expressions of her own aesthetic. As a muse to haute couture designers de Ribes had at her disposal their drapers, cutters, and fitters in acknowledgment of their esteem for her taste and originality.
De Ribes, who was supposed to attend a Met dinner celebrating the show has canceled her trip to New York given the recent events in Paris. In a statement released by the museum on Monday shares “Comtesse de Ribes also knows how much Americans share the deep sadness felt in France, which confirms the enduring bond between the two countries. She hopes the exhibition will represent the joy associated with the freedom of creation.”