Best museum exhibition captions (2008)


While fashion is, for most non-industry folks, either a non-issue or merely an armchair sport, those clever folks at the MET'S COSTUME INSTITUTE see it in a more populist light—one that serves history with humor and high concept. Flawlessly curated by director Harold Koda, exhibitions such as last year's heavenly "Goddess," which outlined classical mythology's influence on some two millennia of clothing, and the visionary tableaux of 18th-century fashions "Dangerous Liaisons" are feasts for the eye complete with witty, informative labeling that never condescends to those who don't know their Astrakhan from a hole in the ground.


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