Charles James (American, born England, 1906–1978). "Tree" Evening Dress (detail), 1955. Rose pink silk taffeta; white silk satin; red, pink and white tulle. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., 1981 (2009.300.991)
May 7–August 1, 2010
To mark the new relationship between the Brooklyn Museum and the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum presents an exhibition of some of the most renowned objects from its costume collection. American High Style consists of approximately eighty-five dressed mannequins and a selection of hats, shoes, sketches, and other fashion-related material that will reintroduce the collection, long in storage, to the public. The exhibition is organized in groups representing the most important strengths of the collection. Works by the first generation of American women designers such as Bonnie Cashin, Elizabeth Hawes, and Claire McCardell are featured, as well as material created by Charles James, Norman Norell, Gilbert Adrian, and other important American designers. Also included are works by French designers who had an important influence on American women and fashion, such as Charles Frederick Worth, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jeanne Lanvin, Jeanne Paquin, Madeleine Vionnet, and Christian Dior. The Metropolitan Museum of Art will celebrate the arrival of the Brooklyn Museum costume collection at the Met with a related exhibition, American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity, on view May 5–August 15, 2010.
American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection is supported by Lisa and Dick Cashin, Barbara and Richard Debs, Cheryl and Blair Effron, Arline and Norman M. Feinberg, Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia, Barbara and Richard Moore, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin, and Barbara M. and John L. Vogelstein.
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great exibition, Brookly is much better than Manhattan!!
I love the dresses I wish I culd wear one!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait untill there are more for me to look at.
So what? Yes, many of the pieces of clothing on display are stunning, but I don't see any sort of real story in the exhibition, I don't really see any realtionship among the various aspects that we are presented with. Why not treat fashion more like a fine art and present viewers with a strong point of view about fashion. Explaining the sue of a specific fabric, or one time period, or even a single designer, while not presenting as much spectacle, would really enable viewers to learn a lot more about cloting, fashion, and how it relates directly to other arts and disciplines. Maybe if fashion exhibits were not just treated like cash cows to draw in vistors, and more as serious, intellectual exhibits we would see this more often.
I agree with the last peron who commented on this exbit, it is very interesting, I was astounded!
Exquisite exhibition! Would have suggested installation of mirrors so that the full back of the garments could have more easily been viewed. It is a tremendous shame that this museum's collection has been sold/given to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, insuring that much of it will not be seen again.
tge exhibit was fabulous and made ll the more enjoyable thanks to Marianna's asistance,