Fashion and Adornments in Global History

This colored engraving depicts two women and one child in elaborate dress. The central figure is a woman standing in a dark green dress decorated with lighter green trimmings. Her hair is gathered in a headpiece made up of green ribbons and pink flowers. To the right of her a woman in a black and grey dress sits on a burgundy chaise. The child standing on the left of the composition is outfitted in a navy blue and pale blue costume with a jacket trimmed in white. The child reaches toward something kept in the standing woman’s left hand.<br />
V. Muchot
La Mode élégante
wood engraving with hand coloring on paper
12 in x 9 1/2 in (30.48 cm x 24.13 cm)
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink
This is a portrait of a Manchu woman in her semiformal costume.<br />
<br />
<span id="docs-internal-guid-05c56ece-efcd-1a7f-725a-ae44c490cb99" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The form and color of her dragon robe references the Ming dynasty, a reference to Han Chinese roots. Generally, formal attire like this was worn by wives of high-ranking officials or Chinese noblemen, but lower-ranking officials&rsquo; wives also wore such clothing as part of their bridal dress. Though it is difficult or impossible to know for certain, because of the low rank of her husband yet the highly formal nature of her clothing, this portrait could be depicting a woman in her bridal attire. </span><br />
Ancestral Portrait: Female in Manchu Court Costume
ink, color and gold on paper
46 1/8 in x 22 3/16 in (117.1 cm x 56.3 cm)
Gift of Richard Edwards in honor of Ellen Johnston Laing
This photograph depicts a woman standing and holding a glass in an interior space.
Helmut Newton
Chez Karl Lagerfeld
gelatin silver print on paper
8 1/16 in x 12 3/16 in (20.48 cm x 30.96 cm)
Gift of Gerald and Selma Lotenberg
A full length portrait of a woman in a long ruffled dress with her hands crossed at her waist.
Horace Vernet
Madame Perregaux
lithograph on wove paper
10 5/8 in x 7 11/16 in (26.99 cm x 19.53 cm);10 5/8 in x 7 11/16 in (26.99 cm x 19.53 cm)
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink
This standing female <em>nkisi mihasi</em>, or “benevolent” power figure, exhibits many of the typical traits associated with the Luba of the Upemba Basin, and more specifically, with the Kisale center of production. These features include a disproportionately elongated torso, terraced coiffure, diamond-shaped scarification patterns covering the abdomen and back, and, a crescent moon symbol on the pubis. In addition, this figure possesses a round head with almond-shaped eyes, an open mouth, flat and level shoulders, protruding breasts and bellybutton, and horizontal lines across its upper thighs. Multiple strands of white, dark blue, and light blue beads adorn the figure’s neck, upper chest, wrist, hips, and ankle. A cotton loincloth has been wrapped around the figure’s hips.
Power Figure
wood, beads, cotton cloth, and string
14 7/8 in x 4 5/16 in x 3 1/8 in (37.78 cm x 10.95 cm x 7.94 cm)
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
This painting shows a scene set in a courtyard with high white walls that is open to the sky. Beyond the wall there is flowering vegetation, tall trees and a tower with a balustrade with keyhole shaped openings. There are two clay pots resting on top of the wall and an oriental style carpet hanging over one side. Within this courtyard, there are three women who are looking at two small leopards that wear metal chains and stand in a keyhole shaped opening of the far right wall. The women, grouped together on the far left side, are wearing 19th century Moroccan dress, including richly embroidered, garments, headscarves and shoes. There is bright sunlight streaming into the room which creates shadows on the walls and floor.
Jean Joseph Benjamin Constant
Courtyard in the Sultan's Palace
oil on panel
3 ft. 11 3/8 in. x 31 1/8 in. (120.33 x 79.06 cm);4 ft. 8 1/4 in. x 40 1/4 in. x 2 in. (142.88 x 102.24 x 5.08 cm)
Bequest of Henry C. Lewis
A man holding on to a woman&#39;s hand, helping her walk across. He is holding a broom in the other hand, she is wearing a formal dress. There is a busy street behind.
Philbert-Louis Debucourt
Pass and Pay [Passez Payez]
hand-colored lithograph on paper
15 9/16 x 11 5/8 in. (39.5 x 29.5 cm);15 9/16 x 11 13/16 in. (39.5 x 30 cm);14 3/8 x 10 7/8 in. (36.5 x 27.6 cm);12 11/16 x 9 7/8 in. (32.2 x 25 cm)
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink
This late Qing portrait depicts an official in his formal court costume.
Ancestral Portrait, Male
ink, color and gold on paper
46 3/16 in. x 22 3/16 in. ( 117.3 cm x 56.4 cm )
Gift of Richard Edwards in honor of Ellen Johnston Laing
Photograph of F. Holland Day in an "Algerian costume." Day sits cross-legged and looks down on his clasped hands resting in his lap.
Frederick H. Evans
F. Holland Day in Algerian Costume
platinum print on paper
6 5/16 in x 8 5/16 in (16 cm x 21.1 cm);14 5/16 in x 19 5/16 in (36.35 cm x 49.05 cm);15 1/4 in x 10 5/8 in (38.8 cm x 27 cm);6 5/16 in x 8 5/16 in (16.03 cm x 21.11 cm)
Museum Purchase
This fibula, a type of brooch used to pin outer garments, features a crossbar that ends in three onion-shaped terminals, which give the fibula a shape reminiscent of a crossbow. An arched bow connects the crossbar to the longer catchplate, which is ornamented with vegetal motifs.
Crossbow fibula with vegetal ornament on the catchplate
gilt bronze
3 7/8 in. (9.84 cm)
Gift of Mr. Robert H. Tannahill
Currier & Ives
The Wonderful Albino Family./Rudolph Lucasie, Wife and Children, from Madagascar./They have pure White Skin, Silken White Hair and Pink Eyes!!/Have been exhibited at Barnum's Museum, N.Y. for Three Years.
color lithograph on paper
12 ½ in x 8 ⅞ in (31.75 cm x 22.54 cm);17 ⅝ in x 13 11/16 in (44.77 cm x 34.77 cm);18 1/16 in x 22 1/16 in (45.88 cm x 56.04 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Colton Storm
This black and white stereoscopic image features two images of an African American girl and man standing near a small log and plank building within a wooded area. The man is holding an implement against a grinding stone. <br /> It is surrounded by the text: Sample Set No. 1; Plantation Scene.<br />
Stereo Classics Studio
Stereoscope Image, Sample Set No.1: Plantation Scene
photograph on cardboard
3 3/4 in. x 7 in. ( 9.5 cm x 17.8 cm )
Gift of Margaret and Howard Bond


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37 Collection Object Sources

Chez Karl Lagerfeld (1984/1.277.5)
Madame Perregaux (2013/2.555)
Power Figure (2005/1.212)
Treasure Boat (1972/2.111)
Seven Kiowah Men (2002/1.208)
Untitled (1989/1.74.11)
The Milk Woman (2008/2.365)
Apron (1983/2.189)
Bandolier Bag (1984/2.5)
Clothes Shop (1943.82)
Manet's Olympia (1991/2.102.1)
Men's Fashions (1974/1.107)
Untitled (1989/1.74.12)

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