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Four Centuries of Fashion

Posted on | November 22, 2010 | 4 Comments

I’ve been doing a lot of research on vintage fashion for a novel I’m working on. I recently came across a treasure trove of information on the website of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Perusing the photos of garments from the 1600’s through today is like taking a walk through time–albiet in a corset and sometimes painful shoes, but always looking fantastic. Here are a few of my favorite ensembles from the Met’s archives. All photos are from the Costume Institute’s website.

Chanel. 1938.

Dior. 1953

Yves Saint Laurent, 1965-66 fall/winter

Lanvin, circa 1924


4 Responses to “Four Centuries of Fashion”

  1. Style Maniac
    November 22nd, 2010 @ 10:12 am

    the Met’s clothing collections are incredible … sort of feeling I should change out of my sweats before even visiting their site!

  2. Yi Shun Lai
    November 22nd, 2010 @ 10:17 am

    Egads, Susan,
    I can’t wait to see the book. It looks amazing, And thank you for pointing out this part of the Costume Institute’s Web site. I have a forthcoming 1920s-themed event, and I am totally ripping my hair out making sure everyone has the right idea. This is perfect!
    Good luck with everything! And thanks again!

  3. Annette
    November 22nd, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

    I saw the Poiret exhibit at the Met a few years ago and they had the original Chanel “Little Black Dress”. I died.

    Another phenom exhibit – here in DC – The First Ladies exhibit at the American History Museum. Inaugural dresses donated by the ladies – including Michele Obama’s (and her Jimmy Choos). Again – I died.

  4. Isabelle
    November 23rd, 2010 @ 4:28 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Pink Lemonade! We do have lots in common! Have a lovely week, Isabelle

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