Join us at the Friends lecture with Sandy Schreier, fashion historian
September 8, 11am
Through determination and a passion for the art of fashion, Sandy Schreier has amassed one of the largest and finest private fashion collections. This visually arresting and historically significant trove of 20th century French and American couture and ready-to-wear clothing was collected with an eye for creative expression.
Sandy was introduced to fashion through her father Edward Miller. His work as a furrier for the Russeks specialty store in Detroit, a Manhattan-based purveyor of luxury clothing owned by the parents of photographer Diane Arbus, gave her a glimpse into the world of fine apparel. Childhood visits to the Detroit Institute of Arts shaped her interest in the textiles that she saw depicted by great artists. Movies of Hollywood’s Golden Age provided additional inspiration.
Early on, she was drawn to a sense of drama and glamor. She continues to have a taste for very bold and rich patterning in the form of surface embellishment or inventive textile design. Today, her collection comprises over 15,000 skillfully curated items including gowns, bags, shoes, muffs, lingerie, even designer sketches. Collection highlights include pieces from fashion masters such as Saint Laurent, Cristobal Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Chanel, Fortuny, as well as lesser known couturiers active in Paris in the early 20th century.
“My main criterion,” says Schreier, “is whether the piece meets the standard of fashion as art. What matters is the quality of the artistry and the creative expression.”
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) Costume Institute’s fall 2019 exhibition highlighted many of the treasures in Schreier’s collection. The exhibition “In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection,” included many pieces that are part of her promised gifts to the MET’s Costume Institute.
Join us on September 8th to learn more about Sandy Schreier’s view of fashion history. Plan to arrive early, anytime after 10:15, to enjoy pre-lecture coffee and pastries with your friends in the Rotunda!
– Article contributed by Barbara Proeschel