On MoMA's sixth floor, modern masters meet: Chuck Close's larger-than-life portrait Robert/104,072 [1973-74] and bold strokes by John Galliano. Christian Dior Haute Couture white satin crinoline dress with cherry-blossom amethyst-and-gold embroidered bodice.
In the soon-to-be sculpture garden, a statuesque Dior stands in place of artworks to come. Christian Dior Haute Couture by John Galliano rabbit-trimmed moiré teal dress with black lace appliqué and jet beading.
The mega new MoMA will accommodate a deep archive of oversize works like this one: Hollis Frampton's 16mm short film Lemon. Gaultier Paris floor-sweeping pleated ivory sheath dress.
In the conversation room, Matisse's Goldfish and Sculpture , Gino Severini's Dynamic Hieroglyphic of the Bal Tabarin , and Rothko's No. 3/No. 13  stand side by side with the artistry of the Chanel atelier's expert craftspeople. Chanel Haute Couture black tulle coat with camellia and bustier dress.
"Ethereal" is how critics describe the work of Yoshio Taniguchi, the brilliant architect reimagining MoMA; ethereal, too, best describes the brilliantly constructed, white satin-and-faille wedding dress by Christian Lacroix Haute Couture, with it's whipped-cream ruff.
Behind the Velvet Ropes
New York is holding its breath to see if MoMA will reestablish itself among the world's best modern museums. Valentino Couture strapless black silk gown with embroidered black-and-crimson descending train.
In this story: fashion editor, Grace Coddington; sittings editor, Alexandra Kotur; hair, Julien d'Ys; makeup, Gucci Westman for Lancôme.