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In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection

Start Date 27 November 2019
End Date 27 September 2020
Venue Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location New York, USA
Curator Andrew Bolton
Designer Shane Valentino and Nathan Crowley
Exhibition display of dressed mannequin in a doorway setting with exhibition name and captions on wall

The Costume Institute’s fall 2019 exhibition features promised gifts from Sandy Schreier, a pioneering collector, who over the course of more than half a century assembled one of the finest private fashion collections in the United States. The show explores how Schreier amassed a trove of twentieth-century French and American couture and ready-to-wear, not as a wardrobe, but in appreciation of this form of creative expression.

The gift is part of The Met’s 2020 Collections Initiative celebrating the Museum’s 150th anniversary. ‘In Pursuit of Fashion’ features approximately 80 of the 165 promised gifts, including womenswear, accessories, and fashion illustrations dating from a 1908 pochoir album, ‘Les Robes de Paul Poiret’, developed in collaboration with Paul Iribe to a 2004 Phillip Treacy butterfly hat.

Image courtesy of The Met. Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope