Monday, June 28, 2010

Vintage clothing, like, legitimately

Until recently, the Brooklyn Museum's Costume collection had been hidden away in storage, gathering dust and getting forgotten about. But now it's back and in full glory in the show American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection, showcasing early American designers (and some foreign ones) who've had an impact on the country's style in the past century or so. Borrowing some of the Brooklyn Museum's pieces, the Met is concurrently running a twin show on their grounds, American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.

From photos on the Brooklyn Museum's website, the show highlights pieces with dramatic lines and silhouettes in a rainbow of colors and fabric. They also feature an interactive plaything via Polyvore that let's you match pieces from the collection together.

There's only about a month left for each show, so check them both out while they're all spiffed up:

American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection
Brooklyn Museum
Event description here
Now through August 1

American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Event description here
Now through August 1

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