If you can’t make it to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute (and if you possibly can, we recommend it) then now you’re in luck! The MET has launched their online database.
The project was started in 2000 and since then the curators have “digitized” 29,432 objects from the 31,000-piece collection.
“We’re involved in working with the collection to prepare for a rehousing of it,” curator Harold Koda told WWD. “We have grown so much and would like to house everything properly, and in conjunction with that, we started to document things that hadn’t been reviewed since they first came in in the Forties. Once we got the information together, we thought it would be ideal if the general public could log in and, for instance, find all of our Christian Diors.”
You can search for your favorite designer, a specific time period, or a type of item in the keyword box.
For an idea of the information accompanying the pictures, the entry for the above piece reads:
Dress (Robe à la Française), ca. 1770, Louis XV
silk; Length: 59 1/2 in. (151.1 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1932 (32.35.2a, b)