|The Cabinet of Curiosities at the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Exhibition at the Met |
(Photo by Ingrid Mida 2011)
This is quite unlike the idea of the Wunderkammer or Cabinet of Curiosities that were popular in the 15th to 19th centuries (see my previous post). These rooms or cabinets were packed full of objects meant to inspire delight and wonder at the juxtaposition of rare and unusual objects. The aesthetic of dense accumulation of objects is rarely seen anymore although I can think of one museum where it still exists (The Redpath Museum on the campus of McGill University in Montreal).
|The Concise Dictionary of Dress, Blythe House 2010|
Photo by Julian Abrams