Jacqueline de Ribes- “The Art of Style”-A true fashion icon at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art

Jacqueline de Ribes, 1961 Photograph attributed to Raymundo de Larrain
Jacqueline de Ribes, 1961
Photograph attributed to Raymundo de Larrain

This costume exhibition focuses on the internationally renowned style icon 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 and cannibalizing her haute couture gowns to create nuanced expressions of her aesthetic. These, along with photographs, video, and ephemera, tell the story of how her interest in fashion developed over decades, from childhood “dress-up” to the epitome of international style.

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. Ultimately, she used this talent and experience to create her own successful design business, which she directed from 1982 to 1995. While the exhibition focuses on her taste and style, extensive documentation from her personal archives illustrates the range of her professional life, including her roles as theatrical impresario, television producer, interior designer, and director and organizer of international charity events.

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Jacqueline de Ribes in Christian Dior, 1959 Photograph by Roloff Beny, Roloff Beny Estate
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Jacqueline de Ribes in Yves Saint Laurent, 1962 Photograph by Richard Avedon, © The Richard Avedon Foundation
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Jacqueline de Ribes, 1955 Photograph by Richard Avedon, © The Richard Avedon Foundation
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Jacqueline de Ribes in her own design, 1983 Photograph by Victor Skrebneski, Skrebneski Photograph © 1983
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Jacqueline de Ribes in her own design, 1986 Photograph by Francesco Scavullo, The Francesco Scavullo Foundation and The Estate of Francesco Scavullo
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Jacqueline de Ribes in her own design, 1985 Photography by David Lees, David Lees/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

(November 19, 2015–February 21, 2016)

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