Last blast-from-the-past for now and Costumes at the MET
- Hi again
The last pictures from Tina Connell are up on the NY/NJ Costumers Guild
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.
(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
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.
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