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House of Lanvin  (French, founded 1889). Evening Ensemble, spring/summer 1923 (2009.300.1364a–c)

House of Lanvin (French, founded 1889). Evening Ensemble, spring/summer 1923. Silk, metal, rhinestones. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Designated Purchase Fund, 1984 (2009.300.1364a–c)


The exhibition is made possible by Gap.

Additional support is provided by Condé Nast.

Exhibition objects

  • Ball gown
    Ball gown

    House of Worth (French, 1858–1956)

    Date: 1895–1900
    Accession Number: 2009.300.1290a, b

  • Ball gown
    Ball gown

    House of Worth (French, 1858–1956)

    Date: 1898
    Accession Number: 2009.300.1324a, b

  • Ball gown
    Ball gown

    House of Worth (French, 1858–1956)

    Date: 1900
    Accession Number: 2009.300.1250a, b

  • Riding ensemble
    Riding ensemble

    Date: ca. 1896
    Accession Number: 2009.300.640a–g

  • Cycling suit
    Cycling suit

    Trouville

    Date: 1896
    Accession Number: 2009.300.547a, b

  • Cycling suit
    Cycling suit

    Date: 1896–98
    Accession Number: 2009.300.532a–d

American Woman

Fashioning a National Identity

May 5–August 15, 2010

Accompanied by a publication

American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity is the first Costume Institute exhibition drawn from the newly established Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Met. It explores developing perceptions of the modern American woman from 1890 to 1940 and how they have affected the way American women are seen today. Focusing on archetypes of American femininity through dress, the exhibition reveals how the American woman initiated style revolutions that mirrored her social, political, and sexual emancipation. "Gibson Girls," "Bohemians," and "Screen Sirens," among others, helped lay the foundation for today's American woman.

Go to Flickr for gallery views and behind-the-scenes photos of the exhibition.


A related exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection (May 7–August 1), highlights masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.