This exhibition was on display from February 12, 2016 to August 21, 2016.

There were 334 objects in this exhibition but right now we can only show you 265 of them. Some objects may not be viewable because they were on loan; this might be due to issues involving image rights or simply because there is no digitized image for the objects.

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Here lies the domain of glamour, seduction, and excess. Rich materials and shimmering surfaces create an aura of luxury and erotic possibility. Extravagance feeds desire, rather than following function.

“Real beauty . . . touches the five senses, yes—you can almost say it strikes you—it can caress you, hit you right in the face, or worse, get you right in the stomach. Beauty is a stolen moment, gesture, or encounter—often unexpected and unplanned.”—Giambattista Valli

  • Photograph, 2014
  • chromogenic print.
  • Courtesy of Pat McGrath and Ben Hassett.
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