A Fashion Historian Quietly Amassed One of the World’s Greatest Collections of Couture—and Now It’s on View at the Met
Sandy Schreier fell in love with fashion as a child in Michigan.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has opened its latest Costume Institute exhibition, giving viewers a glimpse into one of the greatest collections in fashion history, gifted to the museum by historian and collector Sandy Schreier.
The exhibition features 80 pieces of a promised gift of 165 items, including designs by Pierre Balmain, Gabrielle Chanel, Patrick Kelly, Roberto Rojas, and Elsa Schiaparelli. The items are pulled from Schreier’s holdings of thousands of objects and garments.
“My passion for fashion as an art form drove me to search for the most innovative, creative, and breathtaking objects by well-known and lesser-known talents,” Schreier, who found her love for clothing as a child in Michigan, said in a statement accompanying the show’s announcement.
The exhibition highlights Schreier’s immense holdings of French couture, American ready-to-wear clothing, and items by early 20th-century Italian designers.
Organized by chief curator Andrew Bolton, along with associate curator Jessica Regan and assistant curator Mellissa Huber, it is divided into three sections that trace the arc of her collecting career, emphasizing various design achievements that coincided with changes in pop culture.
See highlights from the show below, arranged according to gallery.
“In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection” is on view at the Met Fifth Avenue from November 27, 2019, to May 17, 2020.
“In Pursuit of Beauty: Origins of a Collection”
“The Past Recaptured: Fortuny and Gallenga”
“L’Espirit Nouveau: The Interwar Era”
“The Message Is the Medium: Fashion That Speaks”
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