A Major Acquisition in European Fashion

January 6, 2009

In case you missed it, we've just announced a major acquisition of European fashion from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The L.A. Times ran a story on Friday all about how the collection came to us, including the news that the collection will be featured in an exhibition inaugurating the new Resnick Pavilion in 2010. That's still a ways away, so we thought we'd share a few more images from the collection, which includes about 250 examples of fashionable dress and more than 300 accessories for men, women, and children.

Scott Tennent


(Left to right, top to bottom) Woman's Four-Piece Ball Gown, Europe, c. 1868; Woman's Dress (robe à l'anglaise), France, c. 1790, and detail; Man's Three-Piece Court Suit, France, c. 1760-1765, and detail; Man's Waistcoat, France, c. 1790-1800; Woman's Jacket (caraco) and Petticoat, jacket: Europe, petticoat: made in China for the European market, c. 1785; Woman's Dress, Europe, circa 1820; Emile Pingat (France, active 1860-1896), Woman's Evening Mantle, c. 1891; all objects purchased with funds provided by Suzanne A. Saperstein and Michael and Ellen Michelson, with additional funding from the Costume Council, the Edgerton Foundation, Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer, Maureen H. Shapiro, Grace Tsao, and Lenore and Richard Wayne