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In America: A Lexicon of Fashion
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In America: A Lexicon of Fashion was a 2021-2022 high fashion art exhibition of the Anna Wintour Costume Center, a wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) which houses the collection of the Costume Institute. Approximately 100 men's and women's ensembles by a diverse range of designers from the 1940s to the present are featured. Enclosed in scrimmed cases that represent three-dimensional "patches" of a quilt, they are organized into 12 sections that explore defining emotional qualities: Nostalgia, Belonging, Delight, Joy, Wonder, Affinity, Confidence, Strength, Desire, Assurance, Comfort, and Consciousness.
It is the first portion of a two-part exhibition on fashion in the United States. Part two, In America: An Anthology of Fashion--which opened in the American Wing period rooms on May 7, 2022--presented sartorial narratives that relate to the complex and layered histories of those rooms.
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