We took advantage of the long weekend by taking kids into New York City for a day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And while we all enjoyed many of the museum's incredible exhibits, one of my favorites had to be Museum's Costume Institute's exhibit The Style of Art. The exhibit, which showcases over five decades of design creations by Balmain, Yves Saint Laurent, Emanuel Ungaro, Guy Laroche, Jean Paul Gaultier and the House of Dior, focuses on the gorgeous and unique designs of French born countess, aristocrat and designer Jacqueline de Ribes.
(source Metropolitan Museum of Art)
The collection is not only beautifully displayed but includes De Ribe's incredible story 'of how her interest in fashion developed over decades, from childhood "dress-up" to the epitome of international style."
Born Jacqueline Bonnin de La Bonniniere de Beaumont on Bastille Day, July 14, 1929, young Jacqueline experienced a childhood greatly affected by hardship brought about by World War II. As the result of a series of events, De Ribes lived most of her childhood with her maternal grandfather. She reportedly had a complicated relationship with her mother in the way of acceptance, as her mother was an intellect who translated Hemmingway into French, due to De Ribe's desire to become a ballerina.
(source Vanity Fair)
In January of 1949 at age 19, Jacqueline married Vicomte Edouard de Ribes. By the age of 25 Jacqueline de Ribes was featured on the International Best Dressed List. This honor was bestowed on her so many subsequent times that in 1982 De Ribes was eventually inducted into the Best Dressed Hall of Fame.
In the 1950s and 1960s, before she began designing her own collections, de Ribes employed couture dressmakers to create custom garments for her. In the 70s she began modifying these gowns to create elaborate costumes for fancy-dress balls. In 1955 she employed Oleg Cassini to make her custom gowns based on muslin patterns de Ribes cut on the floor of her attic. ~ Wikipedia
De Ribes clientele includes such famous faces as those of Joan Collins, Cher, Danielle Steele, Barbara Walters and Raquel Welch.
Collins wearing a Jacqueline De Ribes design for her 1985 wedding to Swedish singer Peter Holm.
The Art of Style collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened last November and is going to be closing in less than a week on February 21, 2016.
Wishing you all a fabulous week!