High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection

Preview the Exhibition

  • Callot Soeurs, evening ensemble
    Callot Soeurs, evening ensemble, ca. 1910. Yellow silk charmeuse jumpsuit; silk filet lace tabard. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mercedes de Acosta, 1954. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Mainbocher, evening dress
    Mainbocher, evening dress, 1950. Purple silk sari fabric brocaded with a gold metallic leaf and paisley pattern. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta Ramos, 1954. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Charles James, muslin
    Charles James, muslin, 1953. White and black cotton muslin. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Cornelius V. Whitney, 1953. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Elsa Schiaparelli, evening dress
    Elsa Schiaparelli, evening dress, summer 1937. Ivory crepe-back silk satin printed with multicolored butterflies. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Edward G. Sparrow, 1969. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Bonnie Cashin, “Tweed Toga” ensemble
    Bonnie Cashin, “The Tweed Toga” ensemble, 1943. Red, black, and white wool houndstooth plaid. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Bonnie Cashin, 1963. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Gilbert Adrian, “The Tigress” evening ensemble
    Gilbert Adrian, “The Tigress” evening ensemble, 1949. Black, beige, and orange silk taffeta chiné and gold lamé. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Janet Gaynor Adrian, 1963. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Elsa Schiaparelli, André Perugia, ensemble
    Elsa Schiaparelli, André Perugia, ensemble, winter 1937–1938. Green and black silk faille with supplementary gold metallic wood-grain pattern; shoes of green and black faille and gold kidskin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Isabel Shults Fund, 2007; Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Millicent Huttleston Rogers, 1951. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Steven Arpad, shoe prototype (evening pump)
    Steven Arpad, shoe prototype (evening pump), 1939. Black silk satin, gold metallic kidskin, and wood. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arpad, 1947. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Arnold Scaasi, evening ensemble
    Arnold Scaasi, evening ensemble, 1961. Cream silk satin dress printed with red and black polka dots; coat of red silk barathea. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Kay Kerr, 1965. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Madame Eta Hentz, evening dress
    Madame Eta Hentz, evening dress, spring/summer 1944. Ivory synthetic crepe embroidered with a band of gold metallic beads in a Greek-inspired floral motif. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Madame Eta Hentz, 1946. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Arnold Scaasi, evening ensemble
    Arnold Scaasi, evening ensemble, spring/summer 1983. Brown and pink silk taffeta; pink silk organza. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Jr., 1991. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Charles James, muslin
    Charles James, muslin, 1947. White cotton muslin. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Millicent Huttleston Rogers, 1949. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Charles James, muslin
    Charles James, muslin, 1947. White and black cotton muslin. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Millicent Huttleston Rogers, 1949. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Jacques Doucet, afternoon dress
    Jacques Doucet, afternoon dress, ca. 1903. Beige silk chiffon, beige velvet ribbon, cream net lace bands embroidered with leaf pattern, and beige twist fringe. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Robert G. Olmsted, 1965. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art