Some fun news, thanks to WWD, especially if you're looking for something to click on for a few hours today: The Costume Institute's digitized most of its incredibly extensive archive, complete with images and corresponding information, onto their site, which now includes roughly 31,000 pieces of historical clothing. It's not very browse-friendly (you can see the front page takes you to many shoe buckles...) but we suggest typing in the names of designers' work you may not be as familiar with for full effect. Our first choice was Charles Frederick Worth, which brought us to these 1887 gowns (strictly for balls, you know) - the best part? You can actually zoom in on sections of enlarged images, kind of like shopping on Anthropologie, except smarter. Have fun.
American Women at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute
This morning, the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted a press preview of the Costume Institute's newest exhibition, The American Woman: Fashioning A Nat