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The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art: An Evolving History

Harold Koda and Jessica Glasscock

Source: Fashion and Museums. Theory and Practice, 2014, Berg Fashion Library

Book chapter

By 1938, 400 objects had been assembled and Bernstein was presenting a series of talks on costume history. Lewisohn headed the Museum’s committee, planning it as “a source of authentic information and inspiration to stylists, couturiers, designers, and manufacturers” (New York Times 1937: 28). They were joined by textile authority M.D.C. Crawford, who had been instrumental in starting the Design Laboratory (the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s costume study collection), the production designer Lee Simons

Dress and Fashion Museums

Akiko Fukai

Translated by Brian Moeran

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

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

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