New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has created a virtual version of its About Time: Fashion and Duration exhibition, which has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Met's Costume Institute has made a short Youtube video of the museum's annual major spring exhibition to coincide with its original opening date this week. The rescheduled opening date is still uncertain.
Called About Time: Fashion and Duration, the exhibition is based on French 20th-century philosopher Henri Bergson's idea of time as la durée, or duration, something which can be measured through images but never perceived as a whole.
Lasting nearly 12 minutes, the virtual tour follows the intended format for the exhibition by showing historical and contemporary creations designs side by side to reveal similarities – such as a 1895 Mrs Arnold and a 2004 creation by Comme Des Garçons.
Images of the dresses  which are taken in The Costume Institute's collection  are shown with the year they were created and details of the designer or era to gradually explore fashion from 1870 to present day.
Other likenesses are drawn between a 1902 Morin Blossier dress and 2018 design by Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton.
Throughout the black-and-white movie illustrations of pared-back clock faces allude to the exhibit's time-travelling theme.
The moving images are also interspersed with quotations from novels by English writer Virginia Woolf such as Mrs Dalloway and Orlando. Woolf, who died in 1941, will serve as the exhibition's "ghost narrator".
The annual Costume Institute Benefit, also known as the Met Gala, was due to take place last night to coincide with the opening of the exhibition. It was also canceled due to the pandemic.
The Met closed its main building on Fifth Avenue, as well as its Met Breuer and Met Cloisters locations, in early March in response to the emergence of outbreaks of coronavirus in New York City.
Source: Eleanor Gibson