Not to be outdone by its partner across the river, today the Brooklyn Museum launches its own show, “American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection,” a retrospective of about 85 pieces from the recently created Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is not to be confused with the Met’s “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity,” which opened on Tuesday and includes more than a hundred pieces from the Brooklyn Museum and Metropolitan Museum’s combined collection.
The “American High Style” exhibit is just a slice of the holdings of the overall collection, which was established in January 2009 as a result of the transfer of about 23,500 objects — including a large stash of American fashion from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century — to the Costume Institute at the Met, where it was renamed to include its previous sole owner, the Brooklyn Museum.
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