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At the Met Museum, "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" Explores Expunged Histories

For much of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s recent past, its Costume Institute has sat in contrast to the history-shrouded works that are housed within the rest of the museum’s walls. Where the ancient Temple of Dendur, the endless halls of Renaissance sculpture and the hundreds of Impressionist masterworks offer visitors an adventure through thousands of years of antiquity, the costume exhibitions have long presented an escape to the fantastical world of fashion, by way of Alexander McQueen, Rei Kawakubo, the extravagant colors of camp and more. But this year’s exhibition, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” takes matters in a different direction, shining a light instead on the realities of American fashion—namely those that have historically been overlooked.

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