Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style

I am so sorry for being behind in posts, but the holiday stunk up on me! Fear not, as this fabulous exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - Jacqueline de Ribes The Art of Style is on view until February 21, 2016. This is the second exhibit in the Costume Institute, and the last to be curated by Harold Koda. 

Here is some background from the Met's website on this very glamorous lady: 

Countess Jacqueline de Ribes (born 1929 in Paris to aristocratic parents) is seen by many as the ultimate personification of Parisian elegance. She was, with the American and Italian beauties Gloria Vanderbilt and Marella Agnelli, among the small flock of “Swans” photographed by Richard Avedon and written about by Truman Capote in 1959. 

Married at age 19 to Édouard, Vicomte de Ribes (he became the Count de Ribes upon the death of his father in 1981), the traditions of her in-laws precluded her from becoming a career woman. An independent spirit, she channeled her creativity into a series of ventures linked by fashion, theater, and style. In 1956, de Ribes was nominated for Eleanor Lambert’s Best-Dressed List. At the time, she had only a handful of couture dresses, as most of her wardrobe was comprised of her own designs, which she made herself or with a dressmaker. Four more nominations followed, and resulted in her induction into the International Best-Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1962. 
This exhibit is really such a treat for anyone who loves fashion. I would highly suggest anyone to run and see it before it closes in February. You will not be at the least disappointed.  

Watch for the second installment of this exhibit for the ball gowns which are to die for! I am also working on a separate post with her fabulous quotes. They are for sure the kind you wish to cut out and stick to your fridge! 

open until February 21, 2016

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