Worth/Mainbocher: Demystifying the Haute Couture, Online Exhibition

Just yesterday the online exhibition Worth/Mainbocher: Demystifying the Haute Couture went live on the Museum of the City of New York‘s website.  This project has been a long time in the works, and it’s so exciting to see it in its final completion!  On the website you will find detailed photographs, descriptions, and technical analysis that accompanies the usual label copy information.  While the online nature of the exhibit makes it accessible to anyone, the timeline format and garment details provide a great source of information to students of fashion and historians alike.

Contributors to the project include Hamish Bowles, Caroline Rennolds Milbank, and Claire Shaeffer among others, and the exhibition was curated by the lovely and charming Phyllis Magidson with contributing curator Becky Lorberfeld.

It’s interesting to see so many costume collections working to put their object information online, and in particular the way that virtual exhibitions are becoming a more popular way to share information and document collections.  I’ve been thinking a lot about some of the advantages of a format like this, especially for objects that are extremely fragile that might not be able to endure the strains of exhibition otherwise.  While nothing can replace the experience of viewing something in person, this type of format is a really great substitute, particularly for opening up an audience that might otherwise be constrained geographically.

The exhibition includes 119 objects and was funded by the Coby Foundation.  Click here to enter.

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  • Kate Lecours April 13, 2012 01.44 am

    So wonderful, thanks for sharing!


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