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Fashion

The Fashion collection includes garments, accessories, and shoes from the 18th century to the present day. It emphasizes known American and European designers, but also features garments by unknown designers/makers that represent historic eras. Note that visual documents of this collecting area often show multiple clothing items as “worn”, that is, presented on a mannequin. Individual items are listed below the image where necessary for clarity.

Artist/MakerTitleArtwork DateSorted AscendingMediumObject Number
Cristóbal Balenciaga Evening dress and coat1962-1963Abraham silk2008.86.A
Ralph Rucci "Motherwell" Infanta gownspring 2005alligator leather on silk tulle and duchess silk satin2009.363
Oscar de la Renta Jacket and skirtearly 1990sbead and sequin embroidery on silk2004.3.A
Miss Foley Reception dress (bodice and skirt)c. 1890brocaded silk satin, cotton net, and beads1968.C.126.A
Unknown Reception dressc. 1897chantilly lace and silk satin with metal sequins1979.C.12
Claire McCardell Dress1940scotton2000.117.A
Claire McCardell Dressnot datedcotton2013.596.1
Dita Del Bono Dress and beltlate 1920s-1930cotton and silk velvet printed with metallic pigment1986.C.27.A
Karl Lagerfeld Trench coatspring/summer 2004cotton and spandex2004.62.A
Cristóbal Balenciaga Dress and slipwinter 1957cotton lace, silk chiffon and silk satin ribbon1973.C.78