Costume Institute looks at the great masters for Fall 2016 fashion exhibition

A Viktor & Rolf ball gown from spring/summer 2010

The Costume Institute has revealed the theme for its Fall 2016 exhibition.

Titled "Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion," the exhibition will go on show in the New York museum's Anna Wintour Costume Center this November, featuring significant fashion acquisitions over the past 10 years. Curated by Assistant Curator Jessica Regan and Curator in Charge Andrew Bolton, the show will explore iconic works by designers who have changed the course of fashion history and look at how the department has amassed its collection of masterworks.

Approximately 60 pieces from the early 18th century to the present will go on display, organized chronologically and shown in packing crates and on palettes, as though they have just arrived at the Met. The collection will span several decades, with highlights ranging from a John Galliano for Maison Margiela dress from 2015 to a Cristobal Balenciaga gown from 1964, a Halston evening gown from the 1980s and a Vionnet gown from the 1930s. The show will encompass menswear, womenswear and accessories.

"The masterworks we've chosen to highlight are among many we have collected in the past decade that draw on forms, motifs, and themes of the past, reinterpreting fashion history in ways that resonate in the present," said Jessica Regan.

The dazzling array of designers set to be featured in the collection includes Sarah Burton, Tom Ford, Jean Paul Gaultier, Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Raf Simons, and Gianni Versace, amongst many others.

"Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion" will run from November 8, 2016 through February 5, 2017.

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