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Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, May 18, 1947, Image 123

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By ELENI SAKES
TT HAS BEEN said that
beauty is cradled in an
tiquity, but is ever new. This
is particularly true where
fashions are concerned. Rec
; ognitlon of this fact may have
prompted the addition of the
Costume Institute to the
Metropolitan Museum of Art
last December.
me institute was organized
in 1937 to serve the fashion,
theater and motion picture
| fields. Originally it was
housed at 18 East Fiftieth
street, but when larger quar
ters were needed plans for
transferring it to the Metro
politan were formulated.
Offering the interested
► seeker of past, styles a unique
“filing" system, the institute
contains a wide variety of
garments, millinery and foot
wear, all on a library prin
ciple. The articles are “filed”
on racks or in closets ar
ranged according to period.
Clothing is filed chronolog
ically and, in the case of
peasant costumes, according
to country.
awaIIqKIa ni>a mam
than 8,000 articles of dress of
three centuries, reference
books, old fashion plates,
.patterns and sketches—all the
background material that the
designer or art student needs.
On the same floor with the
institute is the textile study
room, recently moved from
another part of the museum.
This is another step in con
solidating research facilities
in the fields of costumes and
textiles. The research ad
vantages of having the insti
tute located in the Metropol
itan Museum are manifold.
For besides designing and
fabric assistance there is
access to the museum’s many
art treasures.
One of o series of tableaux presented in conjunction with the opening of the Costume Institute ot the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, New York. The figures ore dressed in gowns typicol of the Civil Wor period.
Hat designers browse for "new" ideos from old moteriol in the millinery study-storage room.

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