Women Dressing Women: A Lineage of Female Fashion Design (Hardcover)

Women Dressing Women: A Lineage of Female Fashion Design By Mellissa Huber, Karen van Godtsenhoven, Amanda Garfinkel (Contributions by), Jessica Regan (Contributions by), Elizabeth Shaeffer (Contributions by), Elizabeth Way (Contributions by), Andrew Bolton (Preface by), Anna-Marie Kellen (By (photographer)) Cover Image
By Mellissa Huber, Karen van Godtsenhoven, Amanda Garfinkel (Contributions by), Jessica Regan (Contributions by), Elizabeth Shaeffer (Contributions by), Elizabeth Way (Contributions by), Andrew Bolton (Preface by), Anna-Marie Kellen (By (photographer))
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This survey of women-led fashion design centered around the twentieth and twenty-first centuries emphasizes the creative agency and artistic legacy of female creators
 
“This excellent book is recommended for readers interested in women fashion designers, particularly those who are not well-known today.”—Sandra Rothenberg, Library Journal (starred review)
 
Exploring the enduring impact of fashions created by and for women, this book traces a historical and conceptual lineage across more than 70 female designers— from unidentified dressmakers in eighteenth-century France, to contemporary makers who are leading the direction of fashion today—all culled from the incredible permanent collection of The Costume Institute. Insightful essays that consider notions of anonymity, visibility, agency, and absence/omission reveal women’s impact within the field of fashion, highlighting celebrated designers and forgotten histories alike. The publication includes fashion houses such as Mad Carpentier, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Madeleine Vionnet, American makers like Ann Lowe, Claire McCardell, and Isabel Toledo, along with contemporary designers such as Rei Kawakubo, Anifa Mvuemba, Simone Rocha, and Iris van Herpen. New photography, created especially for this volume, uses light, shadow, and reflection to connect the garments to the four themes of the essays, which situate the works within a larger social context, and a fold-out genealogical chart traces connections between the makers featured. This overdue look at women-led design will be essential reading for anyone interested in the history of fashion.
 
Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press
 
Exhibition Schedule:
 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

(December 7, 2023–March 3, 2024)

About the Author


Mellissa Huber is associate curator in The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Karen Van Godtsenhoven is an independent curator based in Belgium.

Praise For…


“With many beautiful images of clothes, including some three-sided views, this excellent book is recommended for readers interested in women fashion designers, particularly those who are not well-known today.”—Sandra Rothenberg, Library Journal (starred review)



Product Details
ISBN: 9781588397201
ISBN-10: 1588397203
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Publication Date: December 5th, 2023
Pages: 212
Language: English