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100 Dresses: The Costume Institute

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LONDON: 100 Dresses: The Costume Institute / The Metropolitan Museum of Art

By:  Harold Koda (Preface)

What woman can resist imagining herself in a beautiful designer dress? Here, for the first time ever, are 100 fabulous gowns from the permanent collection of the renowned Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, each of which is a reminder of the ways fashion reflects the broader culture that created it.
Featuring designs by Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel, Madame Grès, Yves Saint Laurent, Gianni Versace, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, and many others, this one-of-a-kind collection presents a stunning variety of garments.

Ranging from the buttoned-up gowns of the late 17th century to the cutting-edge designs of the early 21st, the dresses reflect the sensibilities and excesses of each era while providing a vivid picture of how styles have changed—sometimes radically—over the years. A late 1600s wool dress with a surprising splash of silver thread; a large-bustled red satin dress from the 1800s; a short, shimmery 1920s dancing dress; a glamorous 1950s cocktail dress; and a 1960s minidress—each tells a story about its period and serves as a testament to the enduring ingenuity of the fashion designer’s art.

Images of the dresses are accompanied by informative text and enhanced by close-up details as well as runway photos, fashion plates,

Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art | Publication Date: November 1, 2010


Editorial Reviews


“The 100 dresses of the title, taken from the largest and most comprehensive costume collection in the world, range across four centuries, from the elaborate, buttoned-up gowns of the 17th century to cutting edge 21st-century designs.”—The Globe and Mail

(The Globe and Mail )

“Full of famous ladies’ fabulous gowns, this tome will delight fashion mavens and history buffs alike.”—Good Housekeeping

(Good Housekeeping )

“For fashion lovers, this book is an addictive visual history of fashion”s rite of passage, replete with breathtaking photography, portraits of designers and detailed insets.”—St. Petersburg Times

(St. Petersburg Times )

“100 Dresses, from the Costume Institute”s holdings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is not a page-turner. You”ll take your sweet time on every exquisite specimen here, enhanced as they are by enlarged detail insets, related works of art, fashion plates, and portraits of designers.”—Austin Chronicle

(Austin Chronicle )

“Features page after page of swoon-worthy concoctions….”—The Washington Post

(The Washington Post )

“100 Dresses will satisfy a broad audience of students and historians, fashion insiders and general consumers. The volume has great visual impact from the cover image…and equally startling pink endpapers; to insets of intricate hand-worked surface decorations; to fine art reproductions and fashion plates; to portrait photos of designers and shots taken on the runway….”—Studio International

(Studio International )

“This one”s perfect as a fashionable primer of classic style. . . . Details on the pieces offer historical and cultural context and the whole package may send readers right over to the Met to see the collection in person.”—New York Post

(New York Post )

“Here, for the first time ever, are 100 fabulous gowns from the permanent collection of the renowned Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, each of which is a reminder of the ways fashion reflects the broader culture that created it.”—The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles

(The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles )

“Features page after page of swoon-worthy concoctions from bold-faced names.”—Holly E. Thomas, Washington Post magazine

(Holly E. Thomas Washington Post magazine )

About the Author

Harold Koda is Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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