Through Sunday, July 19th: ‘Elaborate Embroidery Fabrics for Menswear before 1815’

    Date: 02/22/2015 - 07/19/2015

    Time: All Day

    Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan)

    Price: Included with museum admission

    This installation features lengths of fabric for an unmade man’s suit and waistcoat, as well as a selection of embroidery samples for fashionable menswear made between about 1760 and 1815.

    During this period, France was the undisputed epicenter of the European fashionable world, and professional embroidery workshops there produced a dizzying array of colorful designs from which a man could choose. The installation features a copy of L’Art du Brodeur (The Art of the Embroiderer), which was published in Paris in 1770. This book contains detailed descriptions about subjects such as preparing fabric to be embroidered and the variety of threads used in a workshop, as well as illustrations of designs for men’s suits.

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