Saturday, September 18

Fashion for Thought: "Notorious & Notable: 20th Century Women of Style"

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.


Jackie

13 comments:

style-haus said...

a great example of why many designers draw inspiration from the past. all amazing dresses and similar to what we would see on runways today. the gold silk gown is just stunning...

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vdcouture said...

awesome post, this gives me lots of inspiration and those dresses are awesome <3

vdcouture

ching said...

wow i adore the first one! very notable. :)

Cheryl: Oh to Be a Muse said...

this is very cool. that gold dress is wonderful.

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Punctuation Mark said...

i love those clothes exhibits... they have so much history... have a nice one!

Ashley [Free Honey] said...

I'm def going to go see this sometime during the fall! It just looks so inspiring!

Mumbles said...

Wow
those dresses are gorgeous
the second one is amazing

Marley

Jude said...

I love this kind of thing! (As you may know :)) What beautiful images - I can't even pick a favorite dress, they're all so unique & gorgeous!

Pop Champagne said...

neat dresses, they're all very unique. I like the first one because it really emphaises someone's waist and hips!

la petite coquine said...

These are always some of my very favorite exhibits. That first costume worn by Gypsy Rose Lee is just fantastic!

Gracie said...

What a fascinating exhibition. I wish they had these types of exhibitions here.

Jonna said...

The first dress looks amazing! x

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