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Living in Los Angeles, many we are fortunate to see wonderful exhibits come to our many local museums, including one I just went to – Fashioning Fashion exhibit at LACMA.  Gorgeous!  While everything was pre-WWI, it was still delicious to see the garments up close, the foundations that gave them shape, and the exquisite detail and workmanship in some of the pieces.
The guards were letting people take photographs, as long as there was no flash, so I was happy I brought my camera.  Below are just a few of the exquisite pieces on display, which do them no justice as my point and click with no flash is rubbish.  It was a treat to see the up-close details and imagine the hours upon hours it took to create such garments by hand.
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Fashioning Fashion – The Exhibit
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LACMA Fashioning Fashion exhibit 19th century
 I loved this display that showed what went in to getting the shape of the garment on the left.

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LACMA Fashioning Fashion exhibit undergarment
Naughty garments – well actually the photo on the left is the only naughty, fetish one.
The one on the right shows the corseting, padding, and petticoats needed to get this 19th century look.
I recommend the catalog, as it has some exquisite detail shots of the pieces.  However, I recommend not buying it at LACMA.  You can get the same book for $20 cheaper at Amazon or most any online book seller.
Hope you like the images.

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