Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700–1915

Resnick Pavilion
October 2, 2010–March 27, 2011
Image: © 2010 Museum Associates/LACMA

Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915 celebrates the museum's groundbreaking acquisition of a major collection of European men's, women's, and children's garments and accessories. The exhibition tells the story of fashion's aesthetic and technical development from the Age of Enlightenment to World War I. It examines sweeping changes in fashionable dress spanning a period of over two hundred years, and evolutions in luxurious textiles, exacting tailoring techniques, and lush trimmings.

Highlights include an eighteenth-century man's vest intricately embroidered with powerful symbolic messages relevant to the French Revolution; an evening mantle with silk embroidery, glass beads, and ostrich feathers designed by French couturier Émile Pingat (active 1860-96); and spectacular three-piece suits and gowns worn at the royal courts of Europe.

Fashioning Fashion at the German Historic Museum








The exhibition is curated by Sharon S. Takeda, Senior Curator and department head, and Kaye D. Spilker, Curator, LACMA's Costume and Textiles department. This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Image: © 2010 Museum Associates/LACMA

Woman's Dress
House of Rouff
c. 1897
Man's Suit
c. 1760
c. 1891

Fashioning Fashion Debuts in Paris at Les Arts Décoratifs

Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700–1915 explores the changes in European fashionable dress spanning two centuries. Originally on view at LACMA in 2010 as one of three inaugural exhibitions commemorating the newly opened Resnick Pavilion, Fashioning Fashion opened in Paris on December 13, 2012, the final destination of a two-venue European tour...

A Dancer Responds to Fashioning Fashion

As we bid adieu to Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700–1915, we have one more noteworthy tribute to the sleeper hit of the Resnick Pavilion inaugural season. Jean Claude Wouters, a dancer and artist who once took part in a ballet in Brussels in which he wore a crinoline very much like those that give structure to some of the garments in our exhibition...