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100 Dresses

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By Harold Koda

What woman can resist imagining herself in a beautiful designer dress? Here, for the first time ever, are 100 fabulous gowns from the permanent collection of the renowned Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, each of which is a reminder of the ways fashion reflects the broader culture that created it.

Featuring designs by Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel, Madame Grès, Yves Saint Laurent, Gianni Versace, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, and many others, this one-of-a-kind collection presents a stunning variety of garments. Ranging from the buttoned-up gowns of the late seventeenth century to the cutting-edge designs of the early twenty-first century, the dresses reflect the sensibilities and excesses of each era while providing a vivid picture of how styles have changed—sometimes radically—over the years. A late 1600s wool dress with a surprising splash of silver thread; a large-bustled red satin dress from the 1800s; a short, shimmery 1920s dancing dress; a glamorous 1950s cocktail dress; and a 1960s minidress—each tells a story about its period and serves as a testament to the enduring ingenuity of the fashion designer’s art. Images of the dresses are accompanied by informative text and enhanced by close-up details as well as runway photos, fashion plates, works of art, and portraits of designers. A glossary of related terms is also included.

By Harold Koda

What woman can resist imagining herself in a beautiful designer dress? Here, for the first time ever, are 100 fabulous gowns from the permanent collection of the renowned Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, each of which is a reminder of the ways fashion reflects the broader culture that created it.

Featuring designs by Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel, Madame Grès, Yves Saint Laurent, Gianni Versace, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, and many others, this one-of-a-kind collection presents a stunning variety of garments. Ranging from the buttoned-up gowns of the late seventeenth century to the cutting-edge designs of the early twenty-first century, the dresses reflect the sensibilities and excesses of each era while providing a vivid picture of how styles...See More

Details
  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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  • Pages: 232
  • Illustrations: 181 (153 in full color and 28 in black-and-white)
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 7'' x 10''
  • ISBN:9780300166552
Editorial Reviews

“Will delight fashion mavens and history buffs alike.”
      —Good Housekeeping

“Features page after page of swoon- worthy concoctions.”
      —The Washington Post

“This one's perfect as a fashionable primer of classic style. . . . Details on the pieces offer historical and cultural context and the whole package may send readers right over to the Met to see the collection in person.”
      —New York Post

“100 Dresses will satisfy a broad audience of students and historians, fashion insiders and general consumers. The volume has great visual impact from the cover image...and equally startling pink endpapers; to insets of intricate hand-worked surface decorations; to fine art reproductions and fashion plates; to portrait photos of designers and shots taken on the runway....”
      —Studio International

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from 100 Dresses Bought this As a gift for my granddaughter - she loved it!
Date published: 2013-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 100 dresses I enjoy this book so much! I really liked how they enlarged the fabric of the dresses. Also they gave some history of the fashion. Easy to read and very delightful on the eyes!!
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 100 Dresses Purchased the book for a friend for christmas. We were in the store at Rockefeller Center and she really liked it.
Date published: 2014-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Large glossy photos I bought this for my 19 year old neice and she and her sisters loved it.
Date published: 2017-01-05
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