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Women Dressing Women

January 04, 20241 min read

It should always be that way, shouldn't it?

A new fashion exhibit at The Met highlights women designers and their contributions to the worlds of both haute couture and everyday style.

The Costume Institute curated these 80 garments by 70 makers, and has split them up through four sections: anonymity, visibility, agency and absence/omission. The exhibition starts with garments from the turn of the 20th century and highlights the fashions and trends up to today.

Big names such as Betsey Johnson, Vivienne Westwood, Sonia Rykiel, Elsa Schiaparelli and Donna Karan will be on hand. But museum-goers can discover newer designers, such as Hillary Taymour, who specializes in clothes that transcend age, size and gender. Or Ester Manas, who caters to the plus-sized woman. The exhibition also pays tribute to previously overlooked artisans like Ann Lowe, a Black designer who worked during segregation.

The show is on through March 3rd, and entrance is included with museum admission.

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