Brooklyn Museum Opens “American High Style” Exhibition Today

Just in case us New Yorkers weren't overloaded by museum-worthy fashion at the Met and The Museum At FIT,The Brooklyn Museum is getting in on the action with a new exhibition, "American High Style." The show is bringing out some long-forgotten pieces from the museum's costume collection, with 85 dressed mannequins, plus a whole lotta vintage accessories and other fashion-related material. Timed to open its doors today as part of a new collaboration between the Costume Institute at the Met, the show is not eclipsed by its Manhattan cousin, with offerings from the first generation of American designers like Bonnie Cashin, Charles James, and Gilbert Adrian. If US fashion isn't your thing, there's also works by Frenchies like Lanvin, Dior, and Vionnet. Plus, if you've got some time to get interactive, check out Polyvore's virtual styling tool with sets inspired by the exhibition. With many excellent exhibitions in May, even the most frantic fashion addicts should have their fixes satisfied.
American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection
May 7-August 1, 2010
Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor
Brooklyn Museum (, 200 Eastern Parkway (at Washington Ave); 718-638-5000

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