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Last blast-from-the-past for now and Costumes at the MET

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  • Susan Toker
    Hi again The last pictures from Tina Connell are up on the NY/NJ Costumers Guild website: http://www.sickpupsnot.org/ under
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 8, 2010
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      Hi again

      The last pictures from Tina Connell are up on the NY/NJ Costumers Guild
      website:
      http://www.sickpupsnot.org/
      under
      http://www.sickpupsnot.org/memories.html

      The pictures are from various Lunacon, Arisia, Philcon and Albacon
      conventions with some nice detail shots. Enjoy and be inspired!

      Also Tina and Byron Connell have seen the Costume Exhibit at the
      NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art (there is also a parrallel show at the
      Brooklyn Museum) and gave it great reviews. For those who haven't seen the
      Email the review is below.

      Susan
      (PS any ID's of costumes, costumers and awards in any of the Memory pictures
      or additions to Events or the website are welcome. Send to
      susantoker@... )

      Byron and Tina Connells report:

      We went to New York City this weekend to see the new costume exhibit at the
      Metropolitan Museum of Art, "American Woman: Fashioning a National
      Identity." If you have any interest in the history of women's dress in
      America from about 1890 to 1945, run -- do not walk! -- to the Met to see
      this fabulous exhibit. As posted on the Sick Pups' Web site (
      www.sickpupsnot.org), it runs until August 15 and the Met is open six days a
      week (except Mondays). The exhibit is in the Cantor Exhibition Hall on the
      2nd floor, not in the Costume Institute space in the basement, so it is both
      extensive and well-displayed.
      This is a large and important exhibit. It is the first to make use of the
      costume items added to the Met's collection when it took over the Brooklyn
      Museum's costume collection a few years ago. It is organized in thematic
      "rooms," by time periods: "heiresses," evening dress at the turn of the last
      century; "Gibson Girls," day and sport wear in the same period;
      "Suffragettes," day wear and women's uniforms of the 1910s; "Flappers," both
      day and evening wear of the '20s; and "the Screen Siren," evening wear from
      or inspired by the golden age of Hollywood, 1930-1945. Among the more
      memorable dresses on display are an 1898 House of Worth ball gown with
      butterflies and Anna May Wong's "dragon dress" (by Travis Banton) from her
      1934 film, "Limehouse Blues."
      There is a parallel exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, "American High Style:
      Fashioning a National Collection"; unfortunately, we weren't able to get to
      it. However, the Met's book, "High Style: Masterworks from the Brooklyn
      Museum Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art," serves as a
      catalog of both exhibits.
      This one is well worth a trip to Manhattan.
      Byron


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