What is fashion? This engaging book from the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers myriad answers to that question, pairing selected works in the museum's collection with concise observations. The simple reflections accompanying the illustrations encourage readers to think about the role of fashion in our culture and to develop their own definitions of what it means to them. Including costumes, regional dress, haute couture and accessories from the fifteenth century to the present, as well as paintings, sculpture and decorative arts relating to modes of dress, this clever little book is sure to inspire fashion lovers around the world.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere and the world's most encyclopedic art museum under one roof. Founded in 1870, its permanent collection, housed in seventeen curatorial departments, comprises more than 2 million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture.