Thursday, November 11, 2010

European Fashion at LACMA

Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915, is an exhibition at LACMA through March 2011. It presents the museum's major acquisition of a collection of European men's, women's, and children's garments and accessories. The exhibition covers 200 years of fashion from the Enlightenment to World War I. It provides numerous examples of changes in tailoring, textiles and accessories.

Wool plain weave and silk velvet with silk and metallic-thread embroidery, glass beads, and ostrich-feather trim, 1891

The museum's site reads: "Highlights include an eighteenth-century man's vest intricately embroidered with powerful symbolic messages relevant to the French Revolution; an evening mantle with silk embroidery, glass beads, and ostrich feathers designed by French couturier Émile Pingat (active 1860-96); and spectacular three-piece suits and gowns worn at the royal courts of Europe."

Above, the children's costume party component online here

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