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Antoni & Alison

Vanessa Semmens

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Designer Biography

Dress and Fashion Museums

Akiko Fukai

Translated by Brian Moeran

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Until the comparatively recent establishment of specialist fashion museums, dress collections—focused primarily on ethnic, religious, or court dress—had existed in general art museums throughout the world, but they had usually been treated as works of art, or as examples of craft and design. In Japan, where these distinctions were not drawn, traditional dress was viewed as art. However, during the nineteenth century in Europe, when art came to be classified into “high” and “low” forms, dress was

Museum Collections of Dress and Fashion

Eleanor Thompson

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Dress has achieved a high profile in museums around the world. There are hundreds of collections of varying quantities cared for in museums of fashion, decorative art, history, natural science, and anthropology. They are curated within their own specialist departments or within larger ones of applied arts, ethnography, or social history. Collections of dress are assembled to reveal changes in design, manufacturing processes, and taste. They are used to record social and cultural customs and recon

Curating the Fashion City: New York Fashion at the V&A

Sonnet Stanfill

Source: Fashion’s World Cities 2006

Book chapter

Important to a chronicle of New York fashion are the couture designs of Charles James. While James is perhaps best remembered for his extravagant eveningwear (his so-called Clover dress of 1953 is composed of thirty pattern pieces and layers of fabric (Martin 1997: 53)), he was also capable of stunning simplicity. The Museum does have examples of James’s elaborate eveningwear but the garment representing him in the gallery is a late 1930s coat, which is the model of restraint (Figure 5.1). The Mu

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