A tribute to high fashion through the years
by Holly Wilensky
Aug 04, 2010 | 2639 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The Brooklyn Art Museum (located at 200 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn) showcased part of the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection this past month in the exhibition “American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection.” The exhibit of clothing dates all the back to the 19th century and spans all the way up to the 1960s. American and French fashion designers were featured across the floor in groups separated into clothing, accessories, jewelry, shoes and original sketches. By the number of crowds that showed up to experience the exhibit, it was clear this is a Fashion Lover’s “must-see.” Some of the collection had never been on display for the public to see.

Designers included Charles Frederick Worth, Gabrielle Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Charles James and Vera Maxwell, to name a few. Jan Reeder, consulting curator of the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection, compiled a beautiful book of pictures, descriptions and histories of the museum’s entire collection. The book is called High Style: Masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was available for browsing at the end of the exhibition. Along with the book of the costume collection was the computer center where people created their own fashion looks with the Polyvore virtual styling tool, which allows you to click and drag your favorite clothing and accessories to the drop screen and watch your fashion concepts come to life!

The end of the fashion journey was marked by the fabric wall where you got to touch and feel the different fabrics used by some of the designers in the collections, as well as fabrics that many fashion companies still use today.

This historical and educational exhibit allowed fashion lovers the chance to step into the lives of people who came to understand fashion as an art. Designers became bolder and more daring in their designs as different worldly circumstances took over. Visit the Met (1000 Fifth Ave, Manhattan) and check out the Brooklyn Museum’s and Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Collection’s new collaborative exhibit titled: “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity,” on display until August 15th.

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