South Park Magazine

Art of Affluence is Almost Gone

The clock is ticking on the "Art of Influence" exhibit at the Mint Museum Randolph (it is scheduled to close Jan. 30). If you haven’t already been, you must go. Now.

The exhibit is just a tiny sampling of the Mint’s extensive clothing and costumes collection. It features a veritable who’s who of haute couture: Chanel, Dior, Balmain, Givenchy, Gucci, Balenciaga, Armani and many more. And, of course, handbags and shoes are well represented including Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin.

Mint director of Fine Arts Charles Mo curated the exceptional exhibit and focused on haute couture — the one-of-a-kind, custom-made garments that can cost upwards of $20,000 per item. While this is the closest most of us will get to clothing of this caliber, it’s striking to see just how artful clothing can be.

While you’re there, be sure to check out The Heights of Fashion: Platform Shoes Then and Now, an exhibit dedicated to my favorites: big, high shoes, which are seemingly always in style. Heights is scheduled to close Jan. 30 as well.

For museum hours and ticket information for the Mint Museum Randolph, click here.