The Metropolitan Museum currently has a new exhibit on display: Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity.
The exhibit shows a revealing look at the role of fashion in the works of Impressionist painters from the 1860s-1880s. Many of the Impressionist eras best known paintings are featured here and you realize that since there were no Vogue, GQ or Cosmopolitan that these were the way people saw what was fashionable and got ideas for new designs.
There are beautiful examples of period dresses in view of the paintings that were inspired by the same pieces of fashion. Some of the highlights include Monet's Luncheon on the Grass and Georges Seurat's Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.
The details on the dresses are incredible and not only are there actual dresses on display; but also decorative fans, umbrellas, men's suits, overcoats, shoes and corsets.
For anyone interested in the history of fashion and it's role in the art world at the time, this is a must see exhibit that will give insight into the time that it was first brought to the forefront and appreciated by the masses.