Peeking behind the scenes of the Costume Institute, ahead of Monday's Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, induces fashion euphoria.Inside the installation studio is where curator in charge, Andrew Bolton, is preparing this year's Met Gala exhibit: "Camp: Notes on Fashion."
"Camp is… a very difficult term to define… which I think part of its power," Bolton says, "It's too much. Too many sequins, too many ruffles, too many feathers."
Tucked away in the Met's basement are more than 33,000 outfits and accessories, representing five continents and seven centuries of fashion. Bolton said the goal here is to record the evolution of fashion and its artistic development.
"Fashion to me is a complete reflection of the zeitgeist. It's a barometer to our times. So it's a great indicator of social as well as artistic history," Bolton said.
Just like most museums, there's no touching – "It just has to do with the sweat on your hands," Bolton said – and absolutely no one is allowed wear any of the garments here.
Conserving centuries-old items and complex materials like silicon or plastic is where conservator Sarah Scaturro and her laboratory colleagues come to the rescue.
"Everybody thinks plastic lasts forever. And unfortunately it does not, especially in fashion," Scaturro said. "We do have different kinds of temperatures and humidities that we can store our plastics in… all of the different materials expand and contract at different rates."
Tickets to this year's gala are reportedly selling for $35,000 and table prices start at $200,000. Last year's gala raised more than $13 million for the Costume Institute, money that goes towards future exhibits, conservation of the costumes, and purchasing outfits and accessories.
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