About Time

Fashion and Duration

Andrew Bolton;Andrew Bolton, with Jan Glier Reeder, Jessica Regan, and Amanda Garfinkel; With an introduction by Theodore Martin, short story by Michael Cunningham, and photographs by Nicholas Alan Cope

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Traces fashions from 1870 to the present along a conceptual, disruptive, and nontraditional timeline of fashion history?

About Time: Fashion and Duration traces the evolution of fashion, from 1870 to the present, through a linear timeline of iconic garments, each paired with an alternate design that jumps forward or backward in time. These unexpected pairings, which relate to one another through shape, motif, material, pattern, technique, or decoration, create a disruptive fashion chronology that conflates notions of past, present, and future.

Virginia Woolf serves as “ghost narrator,” and excerpts from her novels reflect on the passage of time with each subsequent pairing. A new short story by Michael Cunningham, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Hours, recounts a day in the life of a woman over a time span of 150 years through her changing fashions. Scholar Theodore Martin analyzes theoretical responses to the nature of time, underscoring that time is not simply a sequence of historical events. Fashion photographer Nicholas Alan Cope captures 120 fashions with sublime black-and-white photography. This stunning book reveals fashion’s paradoxical connection to linear notions of time.

Andrew Bolton is the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
(October 29, 2020–February 7, 2021)

“Does the new forever replace the old? Or does time exist as ‘duration,’ a continuous flow in which the past and present coexist and interact? These are the questions this book addresses. The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2020, and this beautiful, weighty publication of black-and-white photographs was supposed to accompany a blockbuster spring show. . . . The show was canceled because of COVID-19, but the book remains. . . . During a pandemic, pondering the meaning of time seems unusually relevant.”—Choice
ISBN: 9781588396884
Publication Date: June 9, 2020
Publishing Partner: Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press
400 pages, 9 1/2 x 12 1/2
240 color illus.
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