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This lavishly illustrated volume is the first comprehensive publication on the Brooklyn Museum's internationally renowned historical costume collection. The nearly 25,000-object collection comprises fashionable women's and men's garments and accessories from the 18th through the 20th centuries. The book features sumptuous 19th-century gowns from the House of Worth, exquisite pieces by the great 20th-century French couturiers, iconic Surrealist-based designs by Elsa Schiaparelli, sportswear classics from pioneer American women designers, and the incomparable draped and tailored creations of Charles James.
In 2009, the Brooklyn Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art entered into a groundbreaking long-term partnership to steward Brooklyn's collection. The objects were transferred to The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan, with Brooklyn maintaining curatorial access. Exhibitions of costumes from the collection were held at both institutions in early May 2010.
By Jan Glier Reeder, formerly the Curator and Director of the Mellon Costume Documentation Project, and currently Consulting Curator, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection, The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Softcover, 256 pages