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

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

An irresistible look into more than 300 years of fashion through an exquisite collection of designer dresses

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, works of art, and portraits of designers. A glossary of related terms is also included.

Title:100 Dresses: The Costume Institute / The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780300166552
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    100 Dresses: The Costume Institute / The Metropolitan Museum of Art Reviews

  • Jacqui N

    A collection of gorgeous dresses (for the most part) that represent the most beautiful and elegant of their time. I take exception to the handful of later dresses which I feel are more experimental an...

  • Angelica Garcia

    I really liked this book and how it showed the history about the dresses. This book grave me lots of cool designs for dresses that I can make. Most of the designers of the dresses were inspired from G...

  • Mary Havens

    Beautiful pictures of fashion pieces at The Costume Institute at the MOMA. I felt that the descriptions of why these particular pieces were chosen was informative and appropriate, although I could hav...

  • Jo Oehrlein

    Interesting, quick read. The book features 100 dresses, each in a 2 page spread. One page is the photo of the dress. The other page contains a short description/background and sometimes a related phot...

  • Lovekitty

    I received this book for Christmas one year, and today, now and again I flip through the pages and admire. This book makes me want to go the Metropolitan more and more every time I open it up. I love ...

  • Benita

    Lovely book of dresses from The Costume Institute’s collection at The Met. As a fan of fashion and history, I really enjoyed reading about these amazing dresses. I only wish there was more than a co...

  • Ldia

    Amazing exposition at the MET. The coverage from the XIX century until now in dresses from designers such as Christian Dior, Christian Delacroix, Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Lauren and many more, makes th...

  • Book Buying With Katie

    Gorgeous dresses. Just stunning. ...

  • Arlie

    Pieces of art. It was fun to look through some beautiful dresses spanning the last few centuries....

  • WORN Fashion Journal

    There is subliminal magic built into the fabric of a luxurious dress. It has a way of oozing romance, elegance, and the possibility of something extraordinary occurring on an otherwise simple evening....