The Costume Institute's fall 2019 exhibition features promised gifts from Sandy Schreier, a pioneering collector, who over the course of more than half a century assembled one of the finest private fashion collections in the United States. The show explores how Schreier amassed a trove of twentieth-century French and American couture and ready-to-wear, not as a wardrobe, but in appreciation of this form of creative expression.
The gift is part of The Met's 2020 Collections Initiative celebrating the Museum's 150th anniversary. In Pursuit of Fashion features approximately 80 of the 165 promised gifts, including womenswear, accessories, and fashion illustrations dating from a 1908 pochoir album, Les Robes de Paul Poiret, developed in collaboration with Paul Iribe to a 2004 Phillip Treacy butterfly hat.
Accompanied by a catalogue.
"This clothing exhibition dazzles…such a pleasure…treasures by little-known or even unknown designers are a delight to discover."—New York Times
"A remarkable treasury of fashion history"—Vogue
"The exhibit is as good as a Willy Wonka factory for fashion buffs."—Fashionista
"High glamour with pristine pieces from…designer forces."—WWD
This episode of MetCollects features a selection of works from the promised gift of pioneering fashion collector, Sandy Schreier. From an early twentieth-century evening dress to a contemporary avant-garde headpiece, her collection is an exhilarating sampler of a century of haute couture.
Cristóbal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972) for House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937). Evening dress, summer 1961. Promised gift of Sandy Schreier. Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope