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Countess Jacqueline de Ribes Costume Institute Exhibit Opens at the Met

by Maria Panskaya Photographed by Diane von Furstenbeg, Hamish Bowles
Thursday, November 19, 2015

When a new exhibition opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, it is sure to be above-and-beyond. This time, the new, ritzy and elegant exhibition is dedicated to Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, a world-renowned style icon whose garment couture collection includes designs by Pierre Balmain, Marc Bohan for House of Dior, John Galliano, Valentino Garavani and Jean-Paul Gaultier.

It is extremely rare to see the Costume Institute mounting an exhibition centered around one individual. So far, only Jackie Kennedy, Iris Apfel and Nan Kempner have acclaimed such an honor. When the gallery opens its doors to the public, de Ribes name will officially be added to the list of the world’s most renowned fashionistas.

We joined modern-day fashion icons including Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenbeg, Hamish Bowels, Caroline Issa, Indre Rockefeller, Ulla Parker, Bronson van Wyck and Guillaume d’Humieres to Princess Alexandra of Greece, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and Countess Alix de la Rochefoucald, a granddaughter of de Ribes, and gathered together at the museum on the night before the opening to celebrate the countess’ unique style and her invaluable contribution to the fashion industry.

As for Countess de Ribes or “The Last Queen of Paris,” as she was called by Vanity Fair in 2010, she had to cancel her majestic appearance at the opening in New York due to the tragic events in Paris. While she remains in France, she “hopes the exhibition will represent the joy associated with the freedom of creation.”

Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style is on public display from November 19 to February 21 and it is a must see for every fashion devotee.

Photos by Joe Schildhorn/


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