The Metropolitan Museum of Art's fall costume exhibit breaks down Jacqueline de Ribes style.
Unless you're an avid fashion history student, possibly revels in studying the chic bygone era of post World War II and salivating over old photos of the Grand or Cafe Society, or religiously parses out the International Best Dressed list, you've probably never heard of Countess Jacqueline de Ribes. No matter, because now you have, and this fall, you'll take a journey through time, space and her closet when the Metropolitan Museum of Art debuts its next costume exhibit devoted to her style.
Jacqueline de Ribes was not only as Valentino stated, "The Last Queen of Paris," for being on top of the social heap that is Paris society, she also received the Légion d’Honneur from French president, Nicolas Sarkozy in 2010 for her cultural and philanthropic contributions to France.
Why should you care to see her wardrobe?? Here's a few reasons: Yes, Jacqueline was born into an aristocratic family, and yes, she married a fellow aristocrat. However, society and convention wouldn't give her the freedom to go to work. She channeled her creativity into, what else but fashion.
For big gala events, she would cut up her (very few) haute couture creations, or design and sew her own. In 1956 she was nominated for the Best Dressed List. She was inducted into the Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1962. When she decided to go into business for herself, Yves Saint Laurent told her she was crazy, yet helped her out when she ran her first fashion show.
Designers featured in this show will include Emanuel Ungaro, Valentino, Madame Gres, John Paul Gaultier who dedicated his 1999 show to her, Marc Bohan for Dior, Giorgio Armani, Norma Kamali, Guy Laroche, Ralph Lauren, John Galliano, Roberto Cavalli, Ralph Rucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Bill Blass, Pierre Balmain, Jacqueline de Ribes, and Fernando Sanchez for Revillion Furs.
The exhibition will run from November 19, 2015–February 21, 2016. It will be held at the Anna Wintour Costume Center inside the Museum.
For more information on the Metropolitan Museum and its exhibits, please visit their site.