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The inclusion of the Duchess of Cornwall's wedding hat by Philip Treacy on a console

Posted Jan 23 2013 1:55am
This ensemble created the
sense of both a real and imagined dialogue of men's fashion across time.
It was an effective tableau indicating that masculine status used to be
demonstrated through extravagant clothing and was a class privilege,
not effeminate. The mannequins also looked rather like the bored kids
in aristocratic settings who feature in recent Burberry advertising. The
inclusion of the Duchess of Cornwall's wedding hat by Philip Treacy on
a console next to the mannequin representing the Duke of Windsor was
a visual pun startling in its audacity; the current Prince of Wales may or
may not enjoy the allusion to men who give up their thrones for more
or less stylish women.
Purists were upset regarding the juxtaposition of garments of differing
periods and styles, with accessories and styling that their wearers could
never have imagined. However, the exhibition seemed to have learned
from Dangerous Liaisons that verisimilitude will lead to a waxworks,
and it should be noted that the objects inserted into the "period" rooms
are often of the "wrong period" or affiliation anyway, such as the giltwood
chandelier of 1715 in the Kirtllngton Park Room of 1748, or
the dining rooms chairs by Adam's rival James Wyatt, which he would
never have countenanced in his Lansdowne space. Perhaps Bolton had
fun with the English idea of country-house accretion, dressing-up boxes,
and the slight chaos and frenzy that accompanied some of the tableaux,
like contemporary fashion advertising referencing drug taking.
Harold Koda's comments on American audiences need to be taken
into account in assessing this exhibit. Museums such as the Musee de la
Mode can deliver exquisite formal experiences supplemented by cerebral
and suggestive catalogs that demand even more of the viewer. They suggest that the viewer should go home and further digest the argument,
the materials on view, continuing their engagement with the show. As
Koda notes, Europeans will queue to read "tiny handwritten letters"
and this author has frequently observed young French people debating
the footnotes in scholarly tomes as they exit a show. Such a scenario is
much harder to imagine in the American or Australian context where
the aura of entertainment and leisure drives a large part of museum
planning and marketing.  wuyan-0123.
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