Saturday, 25 September 2010

ladies in lacy sleeves

Dress detail, 1908
From next week one of the greatest collections of historical 
European fashion clothing, as much as to say of fashion 
history from the age of Enlightenment to World War I, 
will be on display... outside Europe.

Wool coat and detail, Scotland 1845 -  Businessman suit, London 1911
LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art 
home to such a remarkable collection, will bring its 
unique handcrafted masterpieces vis-à-vis with the 
onlookers of ”Fashioning Fashion” opening exhibition 
in the brand new light-filled Lynda and Stewart Resnick 
Pavillion designed by Renzo Piano.

Dress detail, 1830 -  Silk, satin dress, England 1885
The exhibition is the most comprehensive of any 
European costume showcase in LACMA's history 
yet just a fraction of a major acquisition made 
by the museum will be on display.
An amazing parade of elaborated plainclothes 
outfits from the Old World whose charm after 
more than two centuries is unalterable.

E. Pingat's mantle, 1891 - Embroidery, 1795 - Dress, 1790
Stunning stiffened or hooped crinoline and taffeta 
dresses, detailed a-woman-must-have-everything 
ensembles, vests and coats tailored for the aristocracy 
long before the ready-to-wear conception.

Corset, boots and underwear, England, 1900
“Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915”
LACMA - Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavillion
Oct. 2, 2010  > Apr. 3, 2011

all photos: ©Museum Associates/LACMA via

1 comment:

  1. What a valuable post! This is a treasure for being able to SEE that much history in fashion! Great gesture by LACMA. Incredible pieces for admiring, especially considering the means by which they had to produce them then...

    Sunny greetings from Georgia,