Fashion as an art form has long been questioned: Can something so seeped in commerce, so utilitarian be worthy enough to share the same space and recognition as, say, Lucien Freud’s Naked Man, Back View or Pieter Bruegel’s The Harvesters? For Sandy Schreier and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, the answer is unequivocally yes.
The Detroit-born fashion historian, and one of the most prolific collectors of couture, has donated 165 pieces to the fine art institution, 80 of which will be on display at the fall exhibition “In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection.” From November 27 to May 17, 2020, a half-a-century’s worth of the finest garments crafted by master couturiers will be on view at the Anna Wintour Costume Center. It is curated by Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu, and Jessica Regan.
“Sandy’s incredibly generous gift will strengthen our collection immeasurably through the addition of historically significant pieces of 20th-century fashion,” said Bolton. “Amassed through a deep passion for the art of fashion—as well as sheer determination—Sandy’s gift will introduce rare designs into our holdings, allowing us to tell a more nuanced story of fashion history through the achievements of its most innovative designers.”