Synthetic crepe costume worn by Gypsy Rose Lee, c. 1940s.
"Notorious & Notable: 20th Century Women of Style" features stunning costumes and exquisite jewelry wore by eighty-one of twentieth-century New York's biggest style icons from the collection of the Museum of the City of New York. Among the women represented in the exhibition are burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee, makeup industrialist Helena Rubinstein, socialite Annette de la Renta, art lecturer Rosamund Bernier, the Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson, fashion editor Diana Vreeland, and media mogul Barbara Walters. Spectacular jewelry from private collections is also on view; the loans were coordinated by the National Jewelry Institute.
Zandra Rhodes gold brocaded maroon silk evening gown worn by Rosamund Bernier, 1977-78.
Christian Dior silk twill dinner dress worn by the Duchess of Windsor, 1968.
“It’s a diversified group. We have women who were theatrical personalities, businesswomen, literary figures,” MCNY’s costumes and textiles curator Phyllis Magidson told The Cut. “We have tremendous diversity with these women, and also in the fashions themselves — they really embody the profession and individuality of the wearer.” The objects are arranged by female "types" -- "Power and Business," "Old Society," "New Society," and "Arts and Culture."
Jean Schlumberger "Trophee de Vaillance" fourteen-karat white gold, platinum, enamel, diamond, amethyst, and ruby clip brooch worn by Diana Vreeland.
All images courtesy of The Cut.
The exhibition will be on view at the Museum of the City of New York until January 3, 2011. To see more objects in the show, click here.