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LL and I had a FABULOUS time today!!! The weather really held out so we could promenade all over the Museum area. First we met in the Azalea garden for greetings, photos, and a picnic. Jason and I were up too late last night at a nightclub and failed to bring any picnic stuff, but that turned out to be ok because everyone else brought soo much food! We oohed and ahhed all over each other. LL's dress was so amazing and looked so fantastic!! And her parasol was a dream!

Then we walked over to the museum exhibit and saw the most delicious French gowns. I saw my favorite blue and white 1874 striped gown as well as a purple silk and velvet outdoor costume that was so gorgeous. They let us take pictures, but no flash was allowed. There was a constant loop of nineteen-teens fashion show films and fashion plate stills on the walls (3 separate ones), and so the room was a wee on the dark side, so I fear my photos won't show much detail on the darker gowns.

The building that houses the textiles is very old and beautiful. The old fashioned elevator still has the turn crank and tiny wooden stool for the elevator operator!

LL was adopted by one of the gangs 7 year old daughter (now who is surprised by that??). So cute! LL couldn't leave until she'd instilled in the little lady a penchant for dressing up.

Unfortunately, LL had to leave us to go back to her family, and I was so sad to say goodbye as she really made my day by playing dress up with me.

From there we took an old fashioned trolley, run by the museum, back to the main building. It had old fashioned wood and iron benches for seats. Too fun! After perusing the museum bookstore and grabbing sodas, we went outside to say goodbye and a few last minute photos when we realized we'd never taken a group picture when everyone was together! Opps. So we got a shot of those of us left.

Then Jason and I went to dinner in the city - such a treat!



And here are the rest of the photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/14941369@N07/sets/72157617063601420/
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We had a lovely afternoon, and the other visitors as well as the staff loved that we were there in costume. Though I must admit I REALLY had to bite my tongue when someone announced that I was "right out of Colonial Williamsburg". But I was good and just smiled and thanked her.

I think Beth took a good shot of me with a lighter background so you can see the hat better. Unfortunately, it just blended in with the foliage in the visitor's center in this picture a guide took for me.
madamemodiste: (I love bustles)
I forgot to mention how excited I was to visit the Costume Institute at the Met yesterday! That was my main focus for the day (shhh! Don't tell my professor for my Northern European Ren art history class!). However, to my great disappointment, it is closed until May. I had wanted to see so many gowns I look at often on the Met online collection such as THESE.

So who wants to do a trip to NYC to see the Met's costume collection in June when my semester is over?
madamemodiste: (Chemise a la Reine)
I went to the Met today for a school field trip, and I took time to visit the 18th and 19th century European Paintings. Seeing these paintings live was awe inspiring! I had no idea they were so huge. I actually sat down breathless when I came to Madame X, and I would have sat down when I saw Mrs. Astor, but there was no bench. I felt like I was seeing celebrities!! And I was!



This painting is so big that I couldn't get any closer or I'd lose some of the frame. HUGE!!

VISIT THE GALLERY )
madamemodiste: (VP 08)
The famous (and expensive) book, The Opulent Era: Fashions of Worth, Doucet and Pingat is no doubt a highly prized piece for any lover of Victorian fashion. Until now, I could only see a few sad images from this book. Now, the Brooklyn Museum has put up exhibition photos from 1989!

http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/exhibitions/737/Opulent_Era:_Fashions_of_Worth,_Doucet_and_Pingat

The red gown with the blonde lace made me swoon!
madamemodiste: (I love bustles)
I don't know if you guys have seen this online gallery of costume from the Manchester Art Gallery, but it's new to me! 70 pages of absolutely amazing extant gowns!

Click on picture to see!!

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Today I went with a friend to see the new Philadelphia Museum of Art's Raymond G. Perelman building which holds a new textile and costume exhibit. While the exhibit is small, I got some wonderful pictures:



SEE THE REST HERE )

In other news, I forgot to post the pics from the video shoot and me wearing that red and black striped dress

http://www.flickr.com/photos/14941369@N07/sets/72157603628130286/

madamemodiste: (I love bustles)
The brand new Ruth and Raymond G. Pearlman building, an expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has opened!! It's located about a block away, and is home to the new Costume and Textiles exhibit.

"All of the approximately 50 objects on view—from a Neoclassical dress with whitework embroidery from about 1800 to a futuristic T-shirt designed by Belgian artist Walter Van Bierendonck in the 1990s—are part of the Museum’s permanent collection of costume and textiles. Remarkable for their depth and breadth, these holdings currently number more than thirty thousand objects, making the collection one of the largest in the country. Acquired thanks to the generosity of numerous donors both of works of art and of funds for purchases, these recent additions illustrate the continued growth and amazing scope of this valuable public resource."

Who wants to dress up to the nines and go see this new exhibit next Saturday, November 17th?

http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/294.html

and info on the new building itself (so you can find it!)
http://www.philamuseum.org/perelman/

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