In September I made a trip to the Met, to see the Costume Institutes, In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection. The exhibition showcased collector Sandy Schreier’s collection of fashion, dating from the mid-twentieth century to the twentieth century. Her collection is one of a kind, partly because although now it is the norm to see fashion collections in museums, a collection of this kind in a personal private collection was rare in her time.
Her interest in fashion began as a child through what she saw in films, magazines, and the Detroit based store Russeks where her dad worked. The store was also where she got the first pieces of the collection thanks to clients of the store. Her interest evolved into an appreciation of how fashion can reflect what’s going on around us in society. Her appreciation grew to a mission of preserving her collection with the purpose of sharing the art of fashion with others. The pieces shown in the exhibition included French couture, American ready-to-wear, and Italian design in the early twentieth century. Designers range from the unknown, lesser publicly recognized like Madeline & Madeline to the well-known Chanel, Dior, Balenciaga, and more.
This exhibition is no longer on, but if you do plan to visit The Met make sure you buy your timed ticket online, as they aren’t selling tickets inside the Met. You also have to wait in line before you go in and you have to have your temperature checked as well. I plan to make another trip soon to see their newest fashion exhibition About Time: Fashion and Duration. A review will be up on the blog after I visit.
You can see a Reels I made of the In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection exhibition on my Instagram as well. What is your favorite piece of the collection? Let me know in the comments and on social media! And while you’re here please subscribe and share! It helps so much. Every little bit of interaction is so important to me and I really appreciate it!- T.S.