The Beauty & Splendor of Jacqueline de Ribes' World
The Metropolitan Museum of Art honors French style icon and designer Countess Jacqueline de Ribes with a stunning fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute. Titled 'Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style', the ravishing show is comprised of sixty plus ready-to-wear and haute couture ensembles from her personal archive, featuring iconic couturiers such as Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Desses, Guy Laroche, Marc Bohan, etc At the recommendation of Oscar de la Renta, Costume Institute curators Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton visited de Ribes' Parisian home and witnessed her carefully preserved couture collection. De Ribes, a full-fledged aristocrat was hesitant of being in the spotlight, deeming it vulgar, which has led this exhibit to last eight years in the making. But the curators reassured her the focus of the show wasn't meant to flaunt her extravagant wardrobe, but rather a career retrospective spanning various arcs over the decades. Born into an noble French family, de Ribes has lived a life of leisure, from frequent ski vacations to endless masked balls. Dubbed as one of the original 'swans' by Truman Capote, de Ribes truly epitomizes European royalty of yesteryear. Yet she is an anomaly, a countess with a career - ranging from an artistic director for a theatre, television producer, international charity director, and fashion designer. When her parents refused to fund her fashion company, de Ribes invested her own money, and operated it successfully from 1982-1995. The exhibit is a sumptous display of jewel-toned frocks, exquisitely beaded gowns, and elegantly draped column dresses. A pure feast for the eyes for both fashion and design enthusiasts. Jacqueline de Ribes; The Art of Style will be on view through February 21, 2016 at the Anna Wintour Costume Center in New York.