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Favorite Thing – The Metropolitan Museum of Art fashion exhibit books for free

In January 2016, I published my 50th favorite thing.  In January 2012, I committed to sharing 50 resources, but I’m going to continue to share favorite things since there are so many; however, I’m not going to number them.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art made many of their exhibition catalogues available for free.  20 of these exhibit catalogues are for fashion exhibits.  This means two of my favorite things are combined . . . fashion and free stuff!

Here are the 20 fashion exhibit catalogues, an image of the cover, and a link to take you directly to the site where you may download the PDF or view the catalogue online.  I’ve also thrown in some images from my favorites catalogues.

Most of my previous favorite things have been oriented more in the direction of weaving.  There’s a little bit of weaver-ly type items; however, I hope people will find these entertaining and inspirational.

Haute Couture – This catalogue is described as . . . a survey of the history of haute couture, from the formation of the House of Worth in mid-19th-century Paris to the major designers of the present day. The book focuses on the highly skilled crafts that are essential to the production of haute couture. Separate chapters examine tailoring techniques and finishes, weaving, draping, and the intricate decoration produced by embroiderers, feather-makers, and other craftspeople on whom couturiers rely for the execution of their ideas.  Link to Haute Couture

Haute_Couture cover

Haute_Couture Scapirelli 1937

Schiaparelli, 1937

Haute_Couture Poiret 1919

Poiret, 1919

Haute_Couture Balenciaga sari dress 1962

Balenciaga sari dress, 1962

Haute_Couture Lagerfeld for Chanel 1983

Chanel by Lagerfeld, 1983

Haute_Couture Worth ball gowns 1887

Ball gowns by Charles F. Worth, 1887

Christian Dior – In 1947, Christian Dior unveiled the “New Look” which was characterized by a silhouette with a small, nipped-in waist and a full skirt falling below mid-calf length.   To produce his look, Dior was bold by using up to 20 yards of extravagant fabric.  Link to Christian Dior

Christian Dior book cover

Christian_Dior The Look

Dior’s New Look, 1947

Christian_Dior - close-up of embellished fabric

Close-up of embellished fabric

Our New Clothes: Acquisitions of the 1990sLink to Our New Clothes: Acquisitions of the 1990s

Our_New_Clothes_Acquisitions_of_the_1990s cover

Our_New_Clothes_Acquisitions Jean Patou 1925

Jean Patou, 1919

Our_New_Clothes_Acquisitions Vivenne Westwood 1994

Vivienne Westwood, 1994

Our_New_Clothes_Acquisitions mens garments from early 19th century

Men’s garments from early 18th century

American Ingenuity: Sportswear, 1930s–1970s – The Met states Beginning in the early 1930s, American designer sportswear came into its own, later becoming a major force in fashion that continued into the 1990s to influence the way women dress.  Link to American Ingenuity: Sportswear, 1930s–1970s

American_Ingenuity_Sportswear_1930s_1970s

American_Ingenuity_ Bonnie Cashion suite 1964

A weaver-ly jacket by Bonnie Cashin, 1964

American_Ingenuity_ Bonnie Cashin 1954 pocket detail

Pocket detail by Bonnie Cashin, 1954

Orientalism: Visions of the East in Western Dress – Link to Orientalism: Visions of the East in Western Dress

Orientalism_Visions_of_the_East_in_Western_Dress cover

Orientalism_Visions_of_the_East_in_Western_Dress Yves Saint Laurent 77-78

Yves Saint Laurent, 1977-78

The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without EndLink to The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End

 

The_Essential_Art_of_African_Textiles_Design_Without_End

History of Russian Costume from the Eleventh to the Twentieth CenturyLink to History of Russian Costume from the Eleventh to the Twentieth Century

History_of_Russian_Costume_cover

History of Russian Costume cover

Madame GrèsLink to Madame Grès

Madame_Gres cover

The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire, 1789–1815Link to The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire, 1789–1815

The_Age_of_Napoleon_Costume cover

Bare WitnessLink to Bare Witness

Bare_Witness cover

Bloom!Link to Bloom!

Bloom cover.jpg

Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth CenturyLink to Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century

Dangerous_Liaisons cover

The Eighteenth-Century WomanLink to The Eighteenth-Century Woman

The_Eighteenth_Century_Woman cover

The Imperial Style: Fashions of the Hapsburg EraLink to The Imperial Style: Fashions of the Hapsburg Era

The_Imperial_Style_Fashions_of_the_Hapsburg_Era cover

From Queen to Empress: Victorian Dress, 1837–1877Link to From Queen to Empress: Victorian Dress, 1837–1877

From_Queen_to_Empress_Victorian_Dress_1837_1877 cover

Infra-ApparelLink to Infra-Apparel

Infra_Apparel cover

The Manchu Dragon: Costumes of the Ch’ing Dynasty, 1644–1912Link to The Manchu Dragon: Costumes of the Ch’ing Dynasty, 1644–1912

The_Manchu_Dragon_Costumes_of_the_Ching_Dynasty cover

Waist Not: The Migration of the Waist, 1800–1960Link to Waist Not: The Migration of the Waist, 1800–1960

Waist_Not_The_Migration_of_the_Waist_1800_1960 cover

WordrobeLink to Wordrobe

Wordrobe cover

La Belle ÉpoqueLink to La Belle Époque

La_Belle_Epoque cover

I hope you find inspiration and beauty.  Enjoy!

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