In America: A Lexicon of Fashion
By Andrew Bolton and Amanda Garfinkel
This new glossary of American fashion explores the expressive qualities of works by pioneering designers who established the nation’s style, and the up-and-coming designers shaping its future.
In America: A Lexicon of Fashion presents a modern vocabulary of American dress that emphasizes emotions while not discounting the simple, practical, and egalitarian character that has traditionally separated American ready-to-wear from European haute couture. Stunning new photography showcases over 100 garments from the 1940s to the present that offer a timely new perspective on the diverse and multifaceted nature of American fashion.
The catalog features works that display qualities such as belonging, comfort, desire, exuberance, fellowship, joy, nostalgia, optimism, reverence, spontaneity, strength, and sweetness by well-known designers and emerging creatives.
Andrew Bolton is the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Amanda Garfinkel is an Assistant Curator at The Costume Institute.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2022, hardcover, 9.75 x 12.25 in, 272 pages.