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If you're at all interested in fashion history, this New Yorker review of the linked exhibits at the Met and the Brooklyn Museum might inspire strong feelings of "want to go to there." The two institutions have teamed up to make the best of a fairly sad turn of events: The Brooklyn Museum can't afford to maintain its century-old collection of clothing and textiles, so it's handing them off to the Met. The Manhattan exhibit, “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity,” covers female style archetypes, while the Brooklyn show, “American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection," is more about designers and national trends.
While the Met's exhibit will undoubtedly get more press (in part because of the Met Gala celebrating it, which takes place tonight), the Brooklyn show sounds like it might actually be better. Writer Judith Thurman say it reminds her of helping a friend go through her wealthy mother's couture collection. The mood of the exhibit makes her think of "a matrilineal endowment—a knowledge of grace and seduction passed down through the clothes that a woman of fashion keeps for the next generation." Which is pretty much exactly what people want from a fashion exhibit, most of the time.
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· Sneak Peek: The Met Museum Costume Institute Exhibit: "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity" [Racked National]