When I feel the need for some inspiration, I open my copy of “High Style”, which documents the costume collections from the Brooklyn Museum. The museum’s costume collection was founded in 1903 to provide inspiration for America’s growing fashion industry. My sister and I were very fortunate to view some of the collection at the Met in New York City. It was so fascinating and we were amazed at how many items could be worn today. These are some of my favorite pieces. I would actually wear almost all of them if given the chance.
“Butterfly” Ball Gown (1955) by Charles James
James was considered the only American to work in the true couture tradition
Couldn’t you see this on the red carpet during the Oscar’s?
“Tree” Ball Gwon (1955) by Charles James
Again, red carpet worthy
Dress, Evening (1885) by R.H. White and Company
This is the only piece that I wouldn’t wear, but it is stunning!
Evening Dress (1960) by Hubert de Givenchy
My favorite piece. I absolutely could see this on a celebrity.
“the 70’s Look” (1963) by Simonetta et Fabiani
This was a design they did based on where they saw fashion headed. I would say they were right on the money.
Wrap, Evening (1929) by House of Lanvin
I would so wrap myself in this!
Slippers (1892) by Rosenbloom’s
I love the elfin look-so cute!
Sandals (1940) by Victor
A fun twist on wedges
Boots (1968) by Beth Levine
Thigh high boots are all the rage today as well.
“High Style” $25
available at Amazon or Metropolitan Museum of Art
For more views of the collections or other information, please visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art