With most museums around the world still closed, many are opening their archives so works of art may be viewed digitally — and that extends to film costumes as well.
The Costume Institute at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is home to more than 33,000 pieces of fashion through the centuries, and among them is this gown designed by Travis Banton, which features a dragon motif crafted of gold and silver sequins, which slither down the front and back of this satin gown. The dress was worn by Anna May Wong in 1934’s Limehouse Blues, and was gifted by Ms. Wong in 1956 to the Brooklyn Museum, which in turn gifted it to the Costume Institute in 2009.
Other costumes, private-label looks and accessories by designers that include Adrian, Helen Rose, Elsa Schiaparelli, Lily Daché and John P. John, who crafted the “drapery dress” hat worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind, also can be viewed in the digital archive.
Check out The Met Museum’s search page to seek images of costumes and accessories from its collection.