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
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
Our New Clothes: Acquisitions of the 1990s – Link to Our New Clothes: Acquisitions of the 1990s
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
Orientalism: Visions of the East in Western Dress – Link to Orientalism: Visions of the East in Western Dress
The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End – Link to The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End
History of Russian Costume from the Eleventh to the Twentieth Century – Link to History of Russian Costume from the Eleventh to the Twentieth Century
Madame Grès – Link to Madame Grès
The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire, 1789–1815 – Link to The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire, 1789–1815
Bare Witness – Link to Bare Witness
Bloom! – Link to Bloom!
Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century – Link to Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century
The Eighteenth-Century Woman – Link to The Eighteenth-Century Woman
The Imperial Style: Fashions of the Hapsburg Era – Link to The Imperial Style: Fashions of the Hapsburg Era
From Queen to Empress: Victorian Dress, 1837–1877 – Link to From Queen to Empress: Victorian Dress, 1837–1877
Infra-Apparel – Link to Infra-Apparel
The Manchu Dragon: Costumes of the Ch’ing Dynasty, 1644–1912 – Link to The Manchu Dragon: Costumes of the Ch’ing Dynasty, 1644–1912
Waist Not: The Migration of the Waist, 1800–1960 – Link to Waist Not: The Migration of the Waist, 1800–1960
Wordrobe – Link to Wordrobe
La Belle Époque – Link to La Belle Époque
I hope you find inspiration and beauty. Enjoy!