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AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion

Dress: Scrub Woman, Medea collection, spring/summer 2002. Hussein Chalayan. Dress: Scrub Woman, Medea collection, spring/summer 2002. Hussein Chalayan. Lavender shredded silk tulle and hand-painted cotton with navy synthetic and cotton tulle, linen, and lace and natural raffia. Photograph courtesy of Chris Moore.

May 3, 2006–September 4, 2006
The Annie Laurie Aitken Galleries

AngloMania focuses on British fashion from 1976 to 2006, a period of astounding creativity and experimentation. Over the past 30 years, British fashion has been defined by a knowing and self-conscious historicism. In their search for novelty, designers have looked to past styles with an appetite that is as audacious as it is rapacious.

Focusing on their postmodern, historicizing tendencies, this exhibition presents a series of tableaux based on Britain's rich artistic traditions.

The irony of satirical prints, the romance of landscape paintings, and the glamour and bravado of grand manner portraits are evoked through a wide spectrum of British designers.

The exhibition is set in the Metropolitan Museum's English period rooms—the Annie Laurie Aitken Galleries—to create a potent dialogue between the past and the present.

The exhibition and its accompanying book are made possible by Burberry. Additional support has been provided by Condé Nast.

Experience a new dimension of AngloMania through the commentary of punk legend John Rotten in a special audio feature:

Download the audio file. (6.9 MB)

Stream the full audio program. (RealPlayer: 8 minutes)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

DFR: Daily Fashion Report Update

Get Off Your High Horse

by Marilyn Kirschner

Yin and yang, bi-polarity, and the stark contrast between high and low, tradition and innovation, glamour and functionality, is precisely what defines fashion right now and has for quite some time.

It also describes the style of the English, who can be stodgy, conservative, and steeped in tradition, on one side of the coin, but rebellious, kinky, and well, a bit off their rockers (as in punks and rockers) on the other side.

It is precisely this irreverence and dichotomy that is at the heart of “AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression”, the new Conde Nast and Burberry sponsored exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute.

It seeks to explore and define English lifestyle and Englishness vis a vis the relationship between fashion, class, lifestyle, home décor, and history. Perfect. Quite frankly, the only thing missing was the rain, as brilliant sunshine was the order of the day...

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Photograph courtesy of Randy Brooke; director of photography of DFR - Randy Brooke has some really great pictures he shot of the vignettes from the Anglo Mania. Click images to enlarge.

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