LACMA Debuts World.Class European Costume Acquisition with Fashioning Fashion

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LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915, featuring selections from the museum’s recently acquired major collection of European men’s, women’s, and children’s dress and accessories. On view through March 27, 2011, the exhibition includes nearly 160 examples of fashionable dress, undergarments, and accessories, many on view for the first time. Curated by Sharon S. Takeda, department head and senior curator, and Kaye D. Spilker, curator of costume and textiles at LACMA, the exhibition tells the story of fashion’s aesthetic and technical development from the Age of Enlightenment to World War I. “After seeing these rare objects,” said Michael Govan, “It was clear that we should bring the collection to Los Angeles, as one of my first major collecting initiatives after arriving at LACMA. This acquisition has catapulted the m