An irresistible look into more than 300 years of fashion through an exquisite collection of designer dresses
Which woman can not resist presenting herself in a beautiful designer dress? For the first time ever, there are 100 fabulous dresses from the permanent collection of the renowned Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, each reminiscent of the way in which fashion reflects the broader culture.
Featuring designs by Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel, Madame Grès, Yves Saint Laurent, Gianni Versace, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and many more, this unique collection presents an impressive selection of garments. From the buttoned dresses of the late 17th century to the innovative designs of the early 21st century, the dresses reflect the sensations and excesses of each epoch and convey a vivid picture of how styles have changed radically over the years. A wool dress from the late 1600s with a surprising shot of silver thread; a large red satin dress from the 1800s; a short, shimmering dance dress of the 1920s; a glamorous cocktail dress from the 50s; and a mini dress from the 60s – each tells a story about his time and serves as proof of the permanent ingenuity of the art of the fashion designer.
Pictures of the clothes are accompanied by informative texts and complemented by close-ups and runway photos, fashion boards, artworks and designer portraits. A glossary of related terms is also included.