WOMEN DRESSING WOMEN : A LINEAGE OF FEMALE FASHION DESIGN
(english edition)

Exploring the enduring impact of fashions created by and for women, this book traces a historical and conceptual lineage across more than 70 female designers? from unidentified dressmakers in eighteenth-century France, to contemporary makers who are leading the direction of fashion today?all culled from the incredible permanent collection of The Costume Institute. Insightful essays that consider notions of anonymity, visibility, agency, and absence/omission reveal women’s impact within the field of fashion, highlighting celebrated designers and forgotten histories alike. The publication includes fashion houses such as Mad Carpentier, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Madeleine Vionnet, American makers like Ann Lowe, Claire McCardell, and Isabel Toledo, along with contemporary designers such as Rei Kawakubo, Anifa Mvuemba, Simone Rocha, and Iris van Herpen. New photography, created especially for this volume, uses light, shadow, and reflection to connect the garments to the four themes of the essays, which situate the works within a larger social context, and a fold-out genealogical chart traces connections between the makers featured. This overdue look at women-led design will be essential reading for anyone interested in the history of fashion.

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press

Exhibition Schedule:

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
(December 7, 2023-March 3, 2024)

  • Pages

    212

  • Language

    English

  • Publishing date

    February 2024

  • Size

    23.1 x 29.8 cm

  • Editor

    Yale Uk

  • Weight

    1000 gr

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