Norman Norell, Evening Ensemble, 1970-71. Source: Brooklyn Museum
Although Brooklyn is an entirely different setting than the serene suburbs of Nassau or Suffolk, it is still a part of Long Island. The Brooklyn Museum will be premiering a traveling exhibit entitled American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection between May 7, 2010 and August 1, 2010.
The collection, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, will showcase works by American Designers, with specific emphasis on America's first female designers. Among those featured are Elizabeth Hawes, Jeanne Lanvin, and Christian Dior. The mannequins will be dressed and accessories and sketches will be displayed. This is a must-see for anyone interested in fabric and fashion.
The Brooklyn Museum is located in the quaint Prospect Heights neighborhood, the perfect place for a springtime stroll after your museum trip. The Brooklyn Museum is the second largest art museum in New York, and has a wide array of paintings, sculptures, and photographs as well as textile arts.
If you go: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn, NY. (718) - 638 - 5000
- By Mass Transit: Take the LIRR into Penn Station. Take the 2 or 3 Downtown/Brooklyn bound trains to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum.
- By Automobile: Take I-495 to exit 31N and merge on to the Cross Island Parkway heading south. Take exit 29 off the Cross Island onto the Grand Central Parkway West. Continue on to the Interburough Parkway West. Take the Jamaica Avenue exit, continuing on to East New York Avenue. Continue on to Pacific Street before turning left at Eastern Parkway.