Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Library

The Met has put up some of their out-of-print books online to read for free.  Here are some of interest to costumers:

The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire, 1789–1815

 American Ingenuity: Sportswear, 1930s–1970s

 Ancient Peruvian Mantles, 300 B.C.–A.D. 200

Bare Witness: Clothing and Nudity

Bloom! (A Celebration of Flowers in Fashion)

The Ceaseless Century: Three Hundred Years of Eighteenth-Century Costume

Christian Dior

Heroic Armor of the Italian Renaissance: Filippo Negroli and his Contemporaries

History of Russian Costume from the Eleventh to the Twentieth Century

The Imperial Style: Fashions of the Hapsburg Era


Islamic Jewelry in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

La Belle Époque

Madame Grès

Cochineal Red: The Art History of a Color

Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century

Early Indonesian Textiles from Three Island Cultures

The Eighteenth-Century Woman

From Queen to Empress: Victorian Dress, 1837–1877

Haute Couture

Metropolitan Jewelry

Orientalism: Visions of the East in Western Dress

Our New Clothes: Acquisitions of the 1990s

Two by Two (Menswear coupled with Women's wear)

Waist Not: The Migration of the Waist, 1800–1960

When Silk Was Gold: Central Asian and Chinese Textiles


This isn't counting the numerous books on paintings, drawings, sculpture, tapestry, and others that can depict costume or inspire an idea.  Go check it out: